16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Yokohama
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Yokohama
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Chichibu
— 1 night
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive
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Atami
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
10
Kawagoe
— 1 night
Drive
11
Ashikaga
— 1 night
Drive
12
Ishioka
— 1 night
Drive to Narita International Airport, Fly to Santa Maria

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Yokohama

— 1 night
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 3rd (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo, take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, get to know the resident critters at Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', then make a trip to NYK Hikawamaru, then stroll around Yamashita Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yokohama trip planning app.

Santa Maria, USA to Yokohama is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Santa Maria to Yokohama due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Maria in July; daily highs in Yokohama reach 34°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online journey planner.

Getting from Yokohama to Osaka by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nara road trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Nakatsugawa

— 1 night
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Naegi Castle Ruins, see the interesting displays at Tsuchimaya Museum, take an in-depth tour of Shimizuya Shiryokan, trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, then get to know the fascinating history of Masugata Waterwheel, and finally hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nakatsugawa trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa takes 3 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days in Nakatsugawa, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Chichibu.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Chichibu

— 1 night
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
On the 8th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Chichibu Fudasho Pilgrimage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chichibu Shrine, and then make a trip to Ashigakubo no Hyochu.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chichibu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Chichibu takes 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Chichibu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Chichibu

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Fujiyoshida

— 1 night
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Sangen Jaya Historic Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, admire the sheer force of Kaneyama Waterfall, find something for the whole family at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and finally make a trip to Chureito Pagoda.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fujiyoshida trip maker tool.

Drive from Chichibu to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Chichibu in July, you will find days in Fujiyoshida are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Atami.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Atami

— 1 night
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Kiunkaku, kick back and relax at Atami Sun Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Akao Herb and Rose Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izusan Jinja Shrine.

Discover how to plan a Atami trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Fujiyoshida to Atami in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. July in Atami sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Ueno District. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Atami to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Atami in July, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Kawagoe

— 1 night

Little Edo

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitain, then don't miss a visit to Renkeiji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yamazaki Art Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kawagoe vacation app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kawagoe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Kawagoe are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Ashikaga

— 1 night
Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Sengen, admire the natural beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagusa Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Senningatake.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ashikaga trip builder website.

You can drive from Kawagoe to Ashikaga in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Kawagoe, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ashikaga, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishioka.

Things to do in Ashikaga

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Ishioka

— 1 night
Ishioka is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): experience rural life at Ostrich Kingdom Ishioka Farm, steep yourself in history at Ishioka no Jinyamon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoko-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Hisamatsu Shoten, and finally steep yourself in history at Jushichiya Hakimonoten.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishioka sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ashikaga to Ishioka in 2 hours. Traveling from Ashikaga in July, Ishioka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishioka

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Monuments
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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