16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Moroiso Shores and Waku Pond. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi), Akiya, Tateishi Coast (in Yokosuka) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Lake Kawaguchi, Akiya, Tateishi Coast, Moroiso Shores, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Waku Pond
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National 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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Gion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ritsuin Temple (in Otsu) and Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi, and admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Ritsuin Temple, Ise Grand Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudoji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe travel route planner .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. In September, daytime highs in Kobe are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Amore Beach
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Genkoan and then get great views at Mt. Kurama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Byodoin
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Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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