16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Akihabara. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 12°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nagamachi Neighborhood. Your inner history buff will appreciate Higashichaya Old Town and Nagase house. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Get some historical perspective at Atomic Bomb Dome and Kanyoji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Osaka Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Kyoto (Gion, Sanjusangendo Temple, &more) and Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Dotombori District and visit Minami (Namba).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka day trip app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.