16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Himeji
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

Milan, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Milan to Tokyo. Traveling from Milan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 24th (Sat), examine the collection at Dolls Museum, make a trip to Omicho Market, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then walk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online road trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Museums · Nature
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera 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.
On the 29th (Thu), make a trip to Kuromon Market and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, shop like a local with Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 31st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji planner.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): head outdoors with Paddle Park, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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