16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4​h
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester

5
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. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

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

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

Discover how to plan a Hiroshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Takeshita Street, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and finally take a stroll through Asakusa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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