14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
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, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour 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 travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
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 photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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 lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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 find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 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 · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Naha

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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 more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Naha day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. 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 · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.