16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Krakow, Poland to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. In January, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Krakow - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

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Osaka

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

4
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

1
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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 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 14th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), take a stroll through Susukino, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally walk around Odori Park. On the next day, hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, and then don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, Sapporo is a bit cooler than Kanazawa - with highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.