16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara, Train to Nagoya
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
7
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Fly
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Bristol to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi tour planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 16th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then step into the grandiose world of Seinan Sumiyagura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya tour planner.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

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 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, then don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki travel planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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.