16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Tokyo Tower, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then look for gifts at Monokoto Store, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

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

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.
On the 25th (Fri), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto visit planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Fujiyoshida.

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
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
You've now added Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arayayama Shrine Okumiya, make a trip to Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine, then make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kofuji, and finally make a trip to Oshino Hakkai. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fujiyoshida takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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