16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + train:  19​h 45​min
End: Exeter

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planner .

Exeter, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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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

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