16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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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.
Tokyo National Museum and Nezu Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Kamakura Hiking Trails and Momiji Tunnel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita), National Museum of Japanese History (in Sakura) and Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingu, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

4
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as JMSDF Kure Museum and Mitaki Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and Peace Flame. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Takatoridai (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Mazda Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

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Nagasaki

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, then examine the collection at Higashiyamate Junibankan, then contemplate the long history of Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.