16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nikko
— Few hours
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
5
Kanazawa
— 1 night
6
Takayama
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
8
Nara
— 1 day
9
Osaka
— 3 nights

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Burlesque Annex Yavay as well as Akihabara. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, stop by Asakusa, thenget a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, thenjoin in the after-dark buzz at Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours, and finally catch an entertaining show at Burlesque Annex Yavay. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, thenget your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, thenstop by Akihabara, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafe.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip builder.

Glasgow, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

few
hours
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Onsen Resorts has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, thenindulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nikko itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Spas Baths
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Akihabara to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in May: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thenexplore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip builder site.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House and then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, thenexamine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally stop by Sanmachi Suji.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Takayama sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Hosomi Museum. For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Kyoto Station Building. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thencontemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, thenidentify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nara online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, wander the streets of Dotombori District, thenvisit Minami (Namba), and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, thenexamine the collection at Namban Culture Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip app.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Osaka, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

The World Money Box Museum
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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