16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Playa del Carmen

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey planning app .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Tokyo is little chillier than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 8th (Wed), wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 10th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji and then stroll through Mt Shosha hiking.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji online vacation planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Himeji, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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 out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple), Kinkaku-ji (in Kyoto) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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