16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  2​h 15​min
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Yamanashi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, wander the streets of Sakae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), then take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya journey builder app .

Drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in March, Nagoya is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama travel app .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Takayama. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Asahiyaki (in Uji) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, admire the masterpieces at Forever Museum of Contemporary Art, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine, Asahiyaki
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
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.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Kobe Tetsujin Sangokushi Gallery. On your second day here, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, then take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway, then admire the verdant scenery at Mukogawa Valley, and finally take an in-depth tour of Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip planner.

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. In March, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture, Ashiya, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Fashion Museum ©
Kobe Fashion Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kobe to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

2
nights
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanashi day trip planning website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Yamanashi in 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yamanashi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Mt. Kumotori, Erin-ji Temple
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Nishizawa Valley ©
Nishizawa Valley
Mt. Kumotori ©
Mt. Kumotori
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): wander the streets of Shinjuku Golden Gai, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Omotesando, then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and finally don't miss a visit to Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko).

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

You can drive from Yamanashi to Tokyo in 2 hours. While traveling from Yamanashi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coconut, Tsudanuma
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Omotesando ©
Omotesando
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) ©
Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)

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