16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
1
Nagoya
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Nagoya
— Few hours
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
End: London

few
hours
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner.

London, UK to Nagoya is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from London in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nagoya, with lows around 13°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Saiko Lake, Sankodai, &more), Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

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You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Yokohama, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
On the 9th (Thu), examine the collection at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then look for gifts at Hanakomichi, and finally admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, get outside with Mt. KItahodaka, get outside with Tokusawa, head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, then get outside with Konashidaira, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Matsumoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hotaka Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Mt. KItahodaka ©
Mt. KItahodaka
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Saho River, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto vacation app.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo. On the next day, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kameyama Shrine, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Tobishima Kaido
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of House of Line, contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

few
hours
Nagoya

Nagoya
On the 18th (Sat), wander the streets of Sakae and then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagoya trip app.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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