16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Osaka, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
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 30th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Arashiyama, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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