14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seattle
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Naha
— 1 night
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Seattle

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Seattle in December, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (54°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 9th (Fri), take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

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

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then walk around Momijidani Park, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Naha

Naha
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Naminoue Beach, then make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and then explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, admire the natural beauty at Shikinaen Garden, then make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and finally make a trip to Kokusaidori.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Naha day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Naha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, expect nights in Naha to be warmer, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Sefa-Utaki
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Naminoue Beach
Naminoue Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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