16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Okayama, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Ferry to Uno Port, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Train to Kintetsunagoya, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Mint Museum and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Visiting Mt. Wakakusa and Nara Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Yoshikien, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Osaka hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take a stroll through Kamiyacho.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:

Naoshima-cho

— 1 night
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, examine the collection at Ando Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokuraku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take some stellar pictures from Sagano, and make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 5:

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 5th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, don't miss a visit to Kazenomiya, then take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, then stroll through Meki Toge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinomiya. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and finally make a trip to Meotoiwa Rocks.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Fire Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Shrine and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, stroll through Kitanomaru Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Ise to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ise in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

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.