16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
5
Tanabe
— 2 nights
6
Osaka
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kishamichi Promenade and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Gotokuji Temple and Kitanomaru Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Nipponmaru Memorial Park (in Minatomirai) and Kamakura (Kakuonji Temple & Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindai-ji Temple, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Jindai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kishamichi Promenade ©
Kishamichi Promenade
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Jindai-ji Temple ©
Jindai-ji Temple

3
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 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihikaku Senkoji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Yodoryokuchi Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nango Suisan Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nenenokomichi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entoku-in, steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto, steep yourself in history at Keage Incline, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Honen-in.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto route planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Otsu, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Shinnyodo Temple ©
Shinnyodo Temple

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the striking features of Naoshima port terminal, admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima Hall, examine the collection at 007 Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokuraku-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Shimacoya. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Miyanoura Gallery Rokku, don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, appreciate the history behind Haruyo Horiuchi Statue, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ojigadake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Himebortaru no Sato (Koshimaji Hachimangu).

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Naoshima-cho by combination of train and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tamano, Mt. Tsuneyama
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Tsuneyama ©
Mt. Tsuneyama
007 Museum ©
007 Museum
Naoshima Hall ©
Naoshima Hall

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saikokuji Temple and Jyodo Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Yawata Wetlands (in Kitahiroshima-cho) and Sankeien (in Mihara). There's more to do: get outside with Paddle Park.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of ferry and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tanabe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Onomichi, Yawata Wetlands, Paddle Park, Sankeien
Highlights from your plan
Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima ©
Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima
Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum ©
Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokokuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dojoji Temple, stroll around Shinjo Park, examine the collection at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Sansho Shrine, and finally stop by Mifune Ashiyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosshinmon Oji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyunohara, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Senninburo, and finally steep yourself in history at Chikatsuyu-oji Ruin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tanabe trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tanabe in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tanabe, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Tanabe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho, Kokokuji Temple, Dojoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Oyunohara ©
Oyunohara
Hosshinmon Oji ©
Hosshinmon Oji
Minakata Kumagusu Museum ©
Minakata Kumagusu Museum

1
night
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 7th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Tenjinzaka and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner.

You can drive from Tanabe to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tanabe in April, Osaka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Tenjinzaka ©
Tenjinzaka

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 7th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Shimazaki Toson and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Shrine, examine the collection at Nissan Crossing, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kiyosumi Teien, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu Kannon-do, and finally stroll the grounds of Yanaka Cemetery Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin ©
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin
Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple ©
Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple
Fukagawa Edo Museum ©
Fukagawa Edo Museum

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