16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey maker

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Gion. Venture out of the city with trips to Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary app.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In January, Kyoto is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · 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.
Kids will enjoy Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.