16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Himeji
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ginza, stop by Odaiba District, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Tokyo. Traveling from Copenhagen in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be warmer, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums

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Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 18th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, thensteep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, thendon't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally stop by Higashichaya Old Town. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, thenwalk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, wander the streets of Dotombori District, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, thenexplore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
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 25th (Tue), make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, thencontemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Himeji online visit planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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nights
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 26th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, thenpause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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

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