16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Tokyo
— 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, walk around Ueno Park, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Detroit to Tokyo. Traveling from Detroit in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

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

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally visit Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more), Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, visit Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sankeien Gardens, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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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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