16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  25​h
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Himeji
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Toronto

5
days
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.
Have a day of magic on the 13th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

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Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

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Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu
Tokyo Tower

1
day
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nomura Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in August, Kanazawa is little chillier at night with lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

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Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle

4
days
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, get advice or help at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

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Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo Castle

2
days
Hiroshima

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Nature Parks

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Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

1
day
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 21st (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

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Awaji Highway Oasis
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Himeji Castle
Kokoen Garden
Awaji Highway Oasis

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