16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sendai
— 1 night
Fly
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Head to Dotombori District and Ninja Dojo and Storefor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

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Miami, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Miami to Kyoto. While traveling from Miami, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Classes

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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tahoto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato.

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Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Sendai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect nights in Sendai to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kamakura.

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Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Nagoe Excavation and then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in.

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You can fly from Sendai to Kamakura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Kamakura, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Mokuhankan. Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

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Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

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Japan travel guide

4.3
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.