16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Musashino
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Musashino
— 3 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport

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Tokyo

— 3 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 list of things to see and do now includes Womb Tokyo, 8bit Cafe, Ruby Room Tokyo, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and visit Odaiba District.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip planner.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 62°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nightlife · Museums

Side 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 inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja. Explore hidden gems such as Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, don't miss a visit to Gion, look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then stop by Dotombori District, and finally stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hakko Gakuen Kuribayashi Memorial Hall, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum, see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, then see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

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You can fly from Osaka to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Osaka in November, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 38°F at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Musashino.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Musashino

— 3 nights
Musashino is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 143,868 and a population density of 13,090 persons per km². Your day by day itinerary now includes Kichijoji. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heirin-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then take a stroll through Kichijoji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Musashino Hachimangu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gesso-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, stop by Sunroad, Kichijoji, then go for a walk through Inokashira Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The road lined with Japanese Zelkova near Babadaimon Gate.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Musashino vacation maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sapporo to Musashino. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in November: high temperatures in Musashino hover around 61°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Musashino

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Parks

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.