16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Munich
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  16 h 30 min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Munich

2
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima attractions planning site.

Munich, Germany to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Munich in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Castle (in Osaka), Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Tower Knives Osaka (in Naniwa). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and stroll around Maruyama Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Nanto (Angoji Temple & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip maker site.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi to see Lake Kawaguchi about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Lake Kawaguchi
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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