16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Schmoe House will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Sekibetsu Ujina Line Monument, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in January, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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 16th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Kitano-cho, examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kobe travel planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, then make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, The World Money Box Museum, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, and then try out the rides at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi day trip tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in January, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Baths · Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba District and Akihabara. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Ginza.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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