15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ottawa
+3
Train + Bus + 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
Fly:  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) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Ottawa, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Ottawa to Kyoto. In December, Kyoto is much hotter than Ottawa - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train 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
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

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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