16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 1 day
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Hamamatsu
— 1 night
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
7
Osaka
— 2 nights

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.
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Osaka. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in April; daily highs in Osaka reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 1st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 2nd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu ©
An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Nakatajima Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Hamamatsu Flower Park, then learn about all things military at Hamamatsu Air Park, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hamamatsu trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hamamatsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in May: highs in Hamamatsu hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nakatajima Beach ©
Nakatajima Beach
Hamamatsu Air Park
Hamamatsu Air Park
Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate ©
Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and finally go for a walk through Gion.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip app.

Traveling by train from Hamamatsu to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hamamatsu in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

5
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 day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Kids will enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Ginza. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and stop by Akihabara.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo route app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach (in Ashiya), Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Arima Onsen (in Kobe). See even more of Osaka: wander the streets of Minami (Namba), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, Arima Onsen
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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