16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Ferry:  3 h
3
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 45 min
5
Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine and Jindai-ji Temple. Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Gotokuji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Nipponmaru Memorial Park (in Minatomirai) and Kishamichi Promenade (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitanomaru Park, steep yourself in history at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), and explore the world behind art at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Jindai-ji Temple, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson) ©
Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson)
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

3
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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihikaku Senkoji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Yodoryokuchi Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nango Suisan Center. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Nenenokomichi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasakanoto, then steep yourself in history at Keage Incline, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Honen-in.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Otsu, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima port terminal, admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima Hall, see the interesting displays at 007 Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokuraku-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Shimacoya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Miyanoura Gallery Rokku, don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Haruyo Horiuchi Statue, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ojigadake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Himebortaru no Sato (Koshimaji Hachimangu).

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho sightseeing app .

Getting from Kyoto to Naoshima-cho by combination of train, bus, and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tamano, Mt. Tsuneyama
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Mt. Tsuneyama ©
Mt. Tsuneyama
007 Museum ©
007 Museum
Naoshima Hall ©
Naoshima Hall

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, contemplate the long history of Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, get outside with Sankeien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saikokuji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jyodo Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Paddle Park, identify plant and animal life at Yawata Wetlands, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker site .

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Onomichi. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Onomichi, Paddle Park, Yawata Wetlands, Sankeien
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Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima ©
Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima
Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokokuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dojoji Temple, stroll around Shinjo Park, see the interesting displays at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, then steep yourself in history at Kumano Sansho Shrine, and finally visit Mifune Ashiyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosshinmon Oji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyunohara, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Senninburo, and finally make a trip to Chikatsuyu-oji Ruin.

Make your Tanabe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tanabe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tanabe, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Tanabe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho, Dojoji Temple, Kokokuji Temple
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Oyunohara ©
Oyunohara
Hosshinmon Oji ©
Hosshinmon Oji
Chikatsuyu-oji Ruin ©
Chikatsuyu-oji Ruin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Tenjinzaka and then admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Tanabe to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tanabe in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Osaka, with lows around 51°F. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Tenjinzaka ©
Tenjinzaka

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Shimazaki Toson and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Shrine, examine the collection at Nissan Crossing, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Kiyosumi Teien, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu Kannon-do, and finally stroll the grounds of Yanaka Cemetery Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin ©
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin
Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple ©
Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple
Fukagawa Edo Museum ©
Fukagawa Edo Museum

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