16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Shiroishi
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Planning Hiroshima trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
America Mura has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with America Mura, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
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.
You've now added Arashiyama to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and finally take a stroll through Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker website .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

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.
You've now added Tokyo Skytree to your itinerary. On the 14th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Omotesando, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland and then find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Omotesando ©
Omotesando

few
hours
Shiroishi

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyagi Zao Fox Village. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Shiroishi Castle, then get to know the resident critters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, and then don't miss a visit to Samurai Housing.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Shiroishi trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shiroishi takes 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Shiroishi hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shiroishi Castle ©
Shiroishi Castle
Miyagi Zao Fox Village ©
Miyagi Zao Fox Village

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
For shopping fun, head to Takeshita Street or Asakusa. Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip tool .

Getting from Shiroishi to Tokyo by car takes about 4 hours. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Shiroishi - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. You will leave for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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