16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zakuro Show, Miyashita Park, Takeshita Street, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Narukoten Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daiba Park and Shibuya Cat Street. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, shop like a local with Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, and enjoy breathtaking views from Shibuya Sky.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Calgary to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in December, expect Tokyo to be warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
You've added Cool Japan Park Osaka, Yoshikien, Todai-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 7th (Wed), catch a live performance at Cool Japan Park Osaka, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, steep yourself in history at Yoshikien, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Dotombori District and then witness the site of a historic battle at Chausuyama.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
You've added Ishibe Alley, Ran Theatre Kyoto, Nara Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 9th (Fri), stroll around Nara Park, take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sarusawa Pond, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then stroll through Rokuen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally see a show at Ran Theatre Kyoto.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
You've added Shukkei-en Garden, Hiroshima Castle, Atomic Bomb Dome, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hiroshima Orizuru Tower. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Ground Zero, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then make a trip to Gojuno To, and finally stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Your list of things to see and do now includes Taiyuimbyo Shrine, Nikko Tosho-gu, Yomeimon (Main Gate), and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Enoshima Sea Candle and Shimokitazawa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Sumida River. Step out of Tokyo to go to Musashino and see Inokashira Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. See some other sides of Tokyo: take in the pleasant sights at Roppongi Keyakizaka Dori.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip tool.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.