16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Stuttgart Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly to Stuttgart Airport, Drive to Metzingen

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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Shinjuku West Gate Promenade Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to teamLab☆Planets and Tokyo National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at Japan Wonder Travel.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Metzingen, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Metzingen to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Metzingen in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sanzen-in Temple and Nishi Honganji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and admire the natural beauty at Okochi Sanso Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Shopping

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Taikichi Irie Historic Residence Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, then browse the exhibits of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary site.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.