14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Seattle
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Naha
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Seattle

4
days
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 sightseeing, shopping, parks, museums, and religious sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

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Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 44°F in Tokyo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

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Odaiba
Meiji Jingu ©
Meiji Jingu
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
day
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Park, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Samurai House.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

4
days
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

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Kiyomizu-dera ©
Kiyomizu-dera
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Fushimi Inari Taisha
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
days
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, stroll through Momijidani Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, taxi, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Naha.

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Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Naminoue Beach, then don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikina-en Garden, then get a taste of the local shopping with Makishi Public Market, and finally look for gifts at Kokusai Street.

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You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Hiroshima to Naha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Hiroshima in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Naha, with highs around 69°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

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Sefa-Utaki
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Makishi Public Market ©
Makishi Public Market
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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