15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo — 4 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Pub Crawl as well as Shibuya Crossing. Escape the urban bustle at Meguro River and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Yanaka District. The adventure continues: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Hozomon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Portland in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nightlife
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Kyoto — 3 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), and finally wander the streets of Shinbashi Dori. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Honen-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour planning site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.
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Osaka — 1 night

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, browse the exhibits of Mint Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally stop by Kamiyacho.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 3 nights

Visit Asakusa Shrine and Kitanomaru Park for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River. See some other sides of Tokyo: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take a stroll through Ueno District, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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