15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly + Train:  13 h 30 min
1
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Uji
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Okageza, Ise Grand Shrine, &more) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Nagoya Urban Institute, and explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya tour itinerary maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Nagoya is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Vancouver to Nagoya, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Uji.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Chubu Park
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

1
night
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Asahiyaki, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, take an in-depth tour of Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, thenpause for some photo ops at Shorin-in Mimizuku Jizoson, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwashimizu Hachimangu.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uji sightseeing planning app.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Uji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Uji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites Museums Classes

Side Trip

Iwashimizu Hachimangu
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple ©
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
Iwashimizu Hachimangu ©
Iwashimizu Hachimangu

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Drive from Uji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji (in Takarazuka), Nishinomiya (Hirota Shrine & Nishinomiya Shrine) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine, and view the masterpieces at ART NOMURA.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip builder.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Himeji, Kiyoshikojin Seichoji
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kiyoshikojin Seichoji ©
Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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