14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Himeji is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Himeji due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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 27th (Mon), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, taxi, and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

6
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nijo Castle and Gion. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: get your bearings at Fushimi Inari Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, stroll through Philosopher's Walk, and get a sense of history and politics at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, bus, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Imperial Palace and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tsukiji Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by combination of train and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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