16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
7
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  2​h
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Kamakura
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Robot Restaurant has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Robot Restaurant.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine Homotsuden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hakone Turnpike Daikanyama Parking lot, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hakone Turnpike Daikanyama Parking lot
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

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.
On the 8th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online route builder .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 11th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji and then take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
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.
For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online driving holiday planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
day
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 13th (Sun), examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe road trip planner.

Kobe is very close to Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
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Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in October, Osaka is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. On the 14th (Mon), you're off toHiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
On the 14th (Mon), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then don't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless. See some other sides of Tokyo: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, shop like a local with Ginza, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. On the 19th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

1
day
Kamakura

Kamakura
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
You've now added Kōtoku-in to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in and then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kamakura trip site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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