16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Yamanashi
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Niigata
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Ibaraki
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Wakayama
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Train:  17 h
End: London

2
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planning site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seihaku-ji Temple, do a tasting at Asaya Winery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiun-ji Temple, then admire the verdant scenery at Nishizawa Valley, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yamanashi trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanashi by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Yamanashi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Historic Sites Spas Wineries

Side Trip

Koshu
Highlights from your plan
Seihaku-ji Temple ©
Seihaku-ji Temple
Nishizawa Valley ©
Nishizawa Valley
Spas

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then appreciate the history behind Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, then look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Niigata online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yamanashi to Niigata takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yamanashi in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Niigata, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hakusan Shrine ©
Hakusan Shrine
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station
Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kanazawa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Seisonkaku Villa ©
Seisonkaku Villa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ibaraki.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Ibaraki

Ibaraki ©
Ibaraki is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Mino, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyuan-ji Temple, then walk around Minoo Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daimon-ji Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ibaraki day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ibaraki takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Ibaraki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Ibaraki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mino, Kyuan-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Minoo Park ©
Minoo Park
Waterfall of Mino ©
Waterfall of Mino
Kyuan-ji Temple ©
Kyuan-ji Temple

1
night
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, examine the collection at Kao Eco Lab Museum, contemplate the long history of Second Battery Ruins, then contemplate the long history of Site of Miyama Batttery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Awashima Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakayama tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ibaraki to Wakayama in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Second Battery Ruins ©
Second Battery Ruins
Awashima Shrine ©
Awashima Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then take a stroll through Dotombori, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Wakayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Wakayama in November, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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