16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Dazaifu (Kyushu National Museum, Tenkai Inari Shrine, &more), Kurume World Camellia Museum (in Kurume) and Hompuku-ji Temple (in Kiyama-cho). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, and walk around Maizuru Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online day trip planner.

Austin, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in February: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 51°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 nights
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, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Himeji (Tenku no Shirasagi, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to Nijo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Ueno Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally visit Akihabara.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

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.