15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Fly
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

Plan my day in Tokyo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Denver, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Denver to Tokyo. In April, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Denver - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 5th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then go for a walk through Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kamakura tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Yonehara Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, trek along Nosoko Forest Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kamakura in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 78°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tahoto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in April; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 67°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally visit Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online travel route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koen-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto holiday planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

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.