16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Copenhagen

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asakusa Shrine and Ueno. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kitchen Town (Kappabashi) and teamLab Borderless. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and wander the streets of Yanaka.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Tokyo. Traveling from Copenhagen in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jojakkoji Temple and Kamigamo Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and Sanzen-in Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Universal City Walk Osaka. Visit Koyasan Okunoin and Hōzen-ji Temple for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koyasan Okunoin
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mitaki Temple and Yamato Museum. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Itsukushima Shrine Torii are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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