16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Matsumoto
— Few hours
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Kobe
— 1 day
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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.
Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kamakura Hiking Trails). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), make a trip to Takeshita Street, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Austin to Tokyo. Traveling from Austin in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around °F and lows about °F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

few
hours
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, thenadmire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, thenwander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

6
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Otsu (Seta Golf Course West Course, Seta Golf Course North Course, &more) and Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art (in Oyamazaki-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planner.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in December, with highs in Kyoto at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Otsu, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Let the collections at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Namban Culture Center capture your imagination. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to National Museum of Ethnology (in Suita), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Ibaraki Municipal Kawabata Yasunari Literature Museum (in Ibaraki). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and see the interesting displays at Glico Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, National Museum of Ethnology, The World Money Box Museum, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Ibaraki Municipal Kawabata Yasunari Literature Museum
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
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 1st (Sat), soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, thencontemplate the long history of House of Line, and finally make a trip to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai).

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Peace Flame, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Spas
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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