16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + train:  20​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

1
night
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 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary maker .

Lisbon, Portugal to Hiroshima is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Kennin-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Amanohashidate in Miyazu--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planning tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Amanohashidate
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): make a trip to Zuiryuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kanazawa Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, and finally step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Zuiryuji Temple, Ainokura Gassho Community, Natadera Temple, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Mt. Takao. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka) and Sky Garden (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Ueno.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Mt. Takao
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park. Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Otaru to see Otaru Canal about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo route planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Sapporo are much colder (6°C), and nights are slightly colder (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort

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