16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Taxi to Yamatoyagi, Train to Ise
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima and Myosen-ji Temple. Jyodo Shrine and Rai Sanyo Shiseki Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Onomichi (Saikokuji Temple & MOU Onomichi City University Art Museum) and Takehara (Saihoji Temple, Saihoji Fumeikaku Temple, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and engage your brain at Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Hiroshima is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoji Temple, delve into the distant past at Kojindani Ruin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateiwa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Gogin Karakoro Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagahama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Inasa Shrine, make a trip to Sogano Yashiro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine Haiden, then steep yourself in history at Nominosukune Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seidama no Otori Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Izumo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Izumo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Izumo are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shojoshin-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sekisho-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fugen-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Izumo to Koya-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Izumo in November since evenings lows in Koya-cho dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 12th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Ise Kawasaki Shoninkan, steep yourself in history at Furuichi Kaido, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naiku Kaguraden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kazahinominomiya, then steep yourself in history at Mishine no Mikura no Kami, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, contemplate the long history of Saiku Heian no Mori, take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazenomiya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takanomiya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Akone Shrine.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ise trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Koya-cho to Ise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jojakkoji Temple and Shisendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daikaku-ji and Yasakanoto. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hogonin Temple, steep yourself in history at Daitoku-ji Temple, and go for a walk through Nanzenji Suirokaku.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip website.

Getting from Ise to Kyoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in November since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
On the 19th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuhombutsu Joshin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, don't miss a visit to Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Tree-lined Street, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, admire the striking features of Marquis Maeda Old Western Style House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higo-Hosokawa Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.