16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Ichinomiya
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Montreal


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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hedgehog Cafe HARRY Roppongi, teamLab Borderless, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and other attractions.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip website .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Montreal in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. You'll set off for Nagano on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing
Hachiko ©
Hachiko

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nagano trip builder website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

1
night
Ichinomiya

Ichinomiya
Ichinomiya is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ichinomiya trip tool .

Ichinomiya is very close to Nagoya. January in Ichinomiya sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Gifu.

Things to do in Ichinomiya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nagano in January since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 1°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to Ichinomiya.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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2
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.
You've added Gion, Pontocho, Hokan-ji Temple Yasaka no To, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hokan-ji Temple Yasaka no To, then don't miss a visit to Gion, and finally take a stroll through Pontocho. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Gion
Gion

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.
You've added Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker website .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sensō-ji as well as Yebisu Shrine (Yebisu Garden Place). Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yebisu Shrine (Yebisu Garden Place).

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ebisu Shrine ©
Ebisu Shrine

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