16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture, Taito, Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Hozomon. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanzen-in Temple and Kyoto Railway Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, and look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Hankyu Umeda Honten. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Osaka, and stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.