16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Train + Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Paddle Park. Get some cultural insight at Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Mt. Misen in Miyajima, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hiroshima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Newark, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Hiroshima. Traveling from Newark in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hiroshima, with lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Dotonbori. Get in touch with nature at Saho River and Gyoja no Taki. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Torodo Temple). It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°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

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online tour planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to 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
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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