16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker tool .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites
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Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Shirakawago, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Suganuma Gassho Community
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Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Tenryuji Temple and Toji are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Jojakkoji Temple & Ninna-ji Temple), Kodai-ji Temple (in Higashiyama) and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (in Kita). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Horyu-ji Temple
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

2
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Samukawa Shrine and Little Prince Museum. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hakone Stone‐paved Road. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in December, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Samukawa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Yanaka. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kanda Myojin and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu). Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). Explore Tokyo further: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless, don't miss a visit to KidZania Tokyo, and admire the striking features of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Kiyose Sunflower Farm, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) ©
Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)

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