16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Vienna

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Minato Mirai 21 and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning app .

Vienna, Austria to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Vienna to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vienna in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

3
nights
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Osaka Castle for their historical value. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Dotonbori in Osaka, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. Get some cultural insight at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip maker app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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