16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
7
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45​min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London

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.
To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online itinerary planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 7th (Thu), you're off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums

1
night
Takayama

Takayama
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. You will leave for Kanazawa on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation tool .

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyajima as well as Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Miyajima.

Plan a trip to Hiroshima easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: gear up at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Outdoors Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan

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.
To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Koya.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 18°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Koya
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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