16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  3​h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 7 nights
End: Tokyo

4
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.
You've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Todai-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nara Park and Dotonbori. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Mt. Wakakusa) and Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach (in Ashiya). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Shinsaibashi and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online travel route planner .

Tokyo to Osaka is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

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Side Trips

Nara, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
You've added The Cube, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Higashi Honganji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Arashiyama. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

7
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 Robot Restaurant, Kitchen Town (Kappabashi) and Gotokuji Temple. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Visit Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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