15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly + train:  16​h
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Calgary

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Gion and Dotonbori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online tour itinerary planner .

Calgary, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Calgary in March, expect nights in Kyoto to be much hotter, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): head off the coast to Miyajima and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Visit Yonehara Beach and Akashi Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Kondoi Beach and Sukuji Bathing Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, stroll through Shiraho Beach, and see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. In April, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) are in your itinerary. Odaiba and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and make a trip to Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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