16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Misen and Paddle Park. Change things up with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Newark, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Hiroshima is 14 hours. Traveling from Newark in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Hiroshima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nara Park and Nigatsu-do Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Saho River (in Nara), Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Torodo Temple). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka tour builder tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Gyoja no Taki
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Trails

Side Trip

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

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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.
Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in will appeal to history buffs. Tokyo National Museum and Hase-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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