16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Nara
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
5
Takayama
— 1 night
6
Omachi
— 2 nights
7
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, thenstroll around Minoo Park, and finally walk around Itami Sky Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Nakanoshima Park, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, thenget your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Osaka when traveling from Melbourne in October, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Minoo Park, Itami Sky Park
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Itami Sky Park ©
Itami Sky Park
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Gango-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sakurai
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, thenadmire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more 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. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha, make a trip to Zuiryuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, thenwander the streets of Gokayama, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gokayama Folk Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, thensteep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Takaoka
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Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, thenget to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Takayama day trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Omachi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

2
nights
Omachi

Omachi
Ōmachi is a city located in northwest Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 27,587 and a population density of 48.8 persons per km². On the 27th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tateyama and then see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, and then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Omachi trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Omachi in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Omachi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tateyama-machi
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Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Mt. Tateyama ©
Mt. Tateyama

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
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.
On the 29th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and then don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Omachi to Fujiyoshida in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fujiyoshida can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, walk around Hama Rikyu Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), thenexpand your horizons at Happo-en Garden, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport International Terminal Observation Deck, thentake in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Tours Classes
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Hama Rikyu Gardens ©
Hama Rikyu Gardens
Food Tours
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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