16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
End: Austin

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing website .

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Austin in March, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa holiday planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 52°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kyoto (Gion & Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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