16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kumamoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Mishima-gun
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 1 day
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Kumamoto

— 4 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tsuruya Department Store as well as Kumamoto Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aso Highland Museum Park and Aso Panorama Line.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip itinerary planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Kumamoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kumamoto due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in April, with highs in Kumamoto at 23°C and lows at 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 7th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip builder site.

Take a train from Kumamoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Osaka Castle as well as Dotombori District. On the 7th (Tue), stop by Dotombori District.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mishima-gun.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Mishima-gun

You've now added Suntory Yamazaki Distillery to your itinerary. On the 8th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mishima-gun sightseeing planning site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Mishima-gun in an hour. Another option is to drive. In April, daytime highs in Mishima-gun are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Mishima-gun

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Arashiyama, and other attractions. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto journey site.

Getting from Mishima-gun to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nagoya

— 1 day
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Toyota Automobile Museum as well as Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and then examine the collection at Toyota Automobile Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Omicho Market, Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden. On the 12th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, walk around Kanazawa Castle Park, and then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks

Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Matsumoto City Historic Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Doshin Koji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkyuin Temple, then look for gifts at Chikufudo, Matsumoto Nakamachi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jorinji Temple.

Start your trip to Matsumoto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

Fujiyoshida

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get outside with Mt. Kumotori and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiszenji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Mt. Fuji Radar Dome, then steep yourself in history at Fuji Asoyama Daijingu, and then get curious at Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Fujiyoshida trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in April, expect nights in Fujiyoshida to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip tool.

Drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). You will leave for home on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums

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.

Yamanashi Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Yamanashi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the main island of Honshu.The prefecture is landlocked, featuring a fertile central valley, the Kōfu Basin, surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan including the highest, Mount Fuji located on the southern border with Shizuoka.The capital of the prefecture is the city of Kōfu.HistoryPre-history to the 14th centuryAs in most other Japanese regions, prehistoric society in Yamanashi progressed though the hunting, fishing and gathering stage of the Jōmon period, then the rice-producing stage of the Yayoi period and subsequent village and regional formation. The Maruyama and Choshizuka Kofun (earthen burial mounds) located on Sone Hill of Nakamichi Town (Southern Kōfu) are believed to have been built from the end of the 4th century. From these remains it can be assumed that the people of Sone Hill had great influence.During the Heian period, Kai Province was created in this area.15th to 19th centuriesAmong the many Kaigenji generations, those of the Takeda, Ogasawara, and Nanbu families were particularly prosperous. During the Sengoku period of the 16th century, Takeda Shingen attained the status of daimyō and built Tsuzuji Mansion and the Yōgai Castle in Kōfu. From this base, he attempted to unify and control Japan.

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