16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Gongenmori Beach, make a trip to Omicho Market, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Himeji tour itinerary app .

Getting from Kanazawa to Himeji by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 80°F in Himeji. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kofuku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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