16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at ARONA SPA, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Detroit in May since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka holiday planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

4
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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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

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