16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Reykjavik

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip site .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
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 (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, make a trip to Omicho Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
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 26th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and then don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

Start your trip to Himeji by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Himeji, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Takamikura
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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