16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  18​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Iwakuni
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h
3
Okinawa City
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Boston

1
night
Osaka

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.
To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app .

Boston, USA to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in February; daily highs in Osaka reach 49°F and lows reach 35°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Fri) before leaving for Iwakuni.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

3
nights
Iwakuni

Iwakuni ©
The castle town of Iwakuni has an interesting and varied history populated by samurai warriors and U.S.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima as well as Miyajima. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kintaikyo Bridge and Iwakuni Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Iwakuni trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Iwakuni in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. February in Iwakuni sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F at night. On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Iwakuni

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Miyajima, Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Iwakuni Castle ©
Iwakuni Castle

3
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Okinawa City trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Iwakuni to Okinawa City with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinjuku Golden Gai, The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Ropeway. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planner.

Getting from Okinawa City to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In February, daytime highs in Tokyo are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakone-machi
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 23rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagano online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Nagano at 39°F and lows at 28°F. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then make a trip to Gion.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder site .

Getting from Nagano to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Nagano - with highs of 49°F and lows of 35°F. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a stroll through Midosuji Street, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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