16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Train:  18 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Barcelona

3
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 the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo tour builder.

Barcelona, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Barcelona to Tokyo. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Kobe
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
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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