15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 1 night
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning site .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in January: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

Find out how to plan Yamanouchi-machi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife Parks
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

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

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