16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Nara
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 3rd (Fri), look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, head outdoors with Onuma Park Walking Path, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally take a stroll through Motomachi.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate online trip builder .

Philadelphia, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Hakodate, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakodate: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 5th (Sun), shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, then explore the historical opulence of Hokkaido Jingu, and then hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory.

Make your Sapporo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Tanukikoji Shopping Street ©
Tanukikoji Shopping Street

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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 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planner .

You can fly from Sapporo to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in August: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 88°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yamato Museum
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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 10th (Fri), wander the streets of Dotonbori, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kobe Harborland
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Nara road trip planning tool .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. August in Nara sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 81°F at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Pola Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nara in August, things will get slightly colder in Hakone-machi: highs are around 77°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

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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.
Visit Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Minato Mirai 21 and Omotesando. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, take some stellar pictures from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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