16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Nikko
— 1 day
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
train:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
7
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
9
Osaka
— 2 nights
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Yokosuka
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Narita

1
night
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.
For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Tokyo is 15 hours. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinno-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nikko tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Nikko hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Rinno-ji Temple ©
Rinno-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Akihabara, Takeshita Street, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 9th (Fri), make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Takeshita Street, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Kurand Sake Market, Ueno.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Nightlife Shopping
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
day
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Yuryo, Hakone Ropeway and Hakone Sightseeing Cruise. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): head outdoors with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Hakone Yuryo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Baths Museums
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Hakone Yuryo ©
Hakone Yuryo
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ©
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
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.
You've added Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto Station Building, Nishiki Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kasuga Taisha Museum. On the 12th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum, then explore the galleries of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 80°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Station Building, Ippodo Tea Kyoto, Ran Theatre Kyoto, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see a show at Ran Theatre Kyoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Shinsenen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Honganji.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan, Pokemon Center Osaka, Dotonbori, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Hozenji Yokocho and Osaka Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll set off for Yokosuka on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

few
hours
Yokosuka

Yokosuka ©
The coastal city of Yokosuka has been historically known for its links to the navy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dobuita Shopping Street as well as Suwadai Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Morito Beach, make a trip to Dobuita Shopping Street, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwadai Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yokosuka online road trip planner .

Drive from Tokyo to Yokosuka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yokosuka, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokosuka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Morito Beach
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Suwadai Shrine ©
Suwadai Shrine
Dobuita Shopping Street ©
Dobuita Shopping Street

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), Tokyo Bay Summer Cruise, Tokyo Skytree, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, then make a trip to Nezu Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Tokyo Bay Summer Cruise.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yokosuka to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Yokosuka in July, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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