16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo route tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Miho Museum (in Koka) and Asahiyaki (in Uji). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Asahiyaki, Miho Museum
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Osaka Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Oriental Ceramics and The World Money Box Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka), CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kobe Fashion Museum and get engrossed in the history at Kusuri no Doshomachi Archive.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe Fashion Museum, The World Money Box Museum, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima History Folk Museum & Miyajima). There's much more to do: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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