16 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

16 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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16 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 day
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— Few hours
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kobe, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
7
Nara, Japan
— Few hours
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: San Francisco, United States

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yoyogi Park, Chidorigafuchi, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park, wander the streets of Odaiba, and stop by Tsukiji Market.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
day
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi custom trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get your bearings at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, and then take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, Kyoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

few
hours
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 29th (Wed), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

few
hours
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): wander the streets of Kobe Harborland and then shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary builder.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

few
hours
Nara, Japan

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.
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nara vacation builder.

Getting from Kobe to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. On the 31st (Fri), you're off toHong Kong.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Spend the 2nd (Sun) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, head off the coast to Lantau Island, and pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong vacation builder.

You can fly from Nara to Hong Kong in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nara to Hong Kong is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nara in March, expect Hong Kong to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 63°F. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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