16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  16​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), shop like a local with Dotonbori and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tenjinzaka, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning site .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Copenhagen to Osaka, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Osaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

5
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.
Jojakkoji Temple and Nishi Honganji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gio-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Toguchi no Hama and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Yabiji. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima route planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Hakone-machi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in November, with highs in Hakone-machi at 13°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Kinomiya Shrine
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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

3
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 Fire Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa Shrine and Zojo-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

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