16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
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Osaka
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + ferry:  2​h
3
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 8 nights
End: Osaka

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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.
You've now added Sunset Owl Cafe to your itinerary. On the 16th (Wed), make a trip to Shinsekai, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then shop like a local with Dotonbori, and finally don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip app .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Fun & Games
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Shinsekai ©
Shinsekai

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Okunoshima Island as well as Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 17th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island.

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

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Itsukushima Shrine, Okunoshima Island
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 19th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Akakabocha, then don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho by combination of train, bus, and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums
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Lee Ufan Art Museun ©
Lee Ufan Art Museun
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Akakabocha ©
Akakabocha

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Sunken Garden, Castle Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Himeji vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Himeji takes 3 hours. Traveling from Naoshima-cho in October, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Sunken Garden, Castle Garden ©
Sunken Garden, Castle Garden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kobe online trip itinerary planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Himeji. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street ©

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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.
You've added Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Gion, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Kyoto is very close to Kobe. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Wakayama Castle (in Wakayama), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, & more) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more). See some other sides of Osaka: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at SpaWorld.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Suita, Mino, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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