16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle, Osaka Castle and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. There's more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online vacation planner .

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Osaka is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Monkey Park Iwatayama, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning website .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in September, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun (in Hakone-machi), Hitachi Seaside Park (in Hitachinaka) and Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, walk around Ueno Park, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, Hitachi Seaside Park, Kamogawa Sea World, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

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