15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + train:  19​h
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

5
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 Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online road trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Ottawa to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in December, expect Kyoto to be much warmer, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

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
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

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
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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