16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  16​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Okayama
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Paris

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kinpusenji Temple and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner.

Paris, France to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in April, expect Osaka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kinpusenji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Omiwa Shrine
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Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yamazaki River and Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and SCMAGLEV and Railway Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Nagoya to Ise to see Tsukiyominomiya about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, and sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Beer Nagoya Brewery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tsukiyominomiya, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery, wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District, then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, then stop by Shintencho Shopping Street, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online route builder .

Traveling by flight from Nagoya to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fukuoka, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Tenkai Inari Shrine, Nanzoin, Former Takatori House
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Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Former Takatori House ©
Former Takatori House

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mitaki Temple, Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Monokoto Store. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima attractions planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Okayama Korakuen Garden. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, and finally cruise along Great Seto Bridge. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Himebortaru no Sato (Koshimaji Hachimangu).

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Okayama online day trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Okayama, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Zentsu-ji Temple, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple
Mt. Washu ©
Mt. Washu

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 8th (Fri), wander the streets of Nipponbashi Denden Town, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, explore the galleries of Mint Museum, wander the streets of Midosuji Street, then stroll around Nakanoshima Park, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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