16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Gongenmori Beach, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

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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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Kanazawa in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Osaka

— 4 nights
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 out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.