16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Reykjavik
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  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 + Shuttle:  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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and stop by Odaiba.

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Reykjavik, Iceland to Tokyo is an approximately 20- hour combination of shuttle, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in September, things will get warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a 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
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head outdoors with 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 train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; 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 Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
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.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Himeji holiday maker tool.

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

Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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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.
Start 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 next day, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online holiday planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
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.
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, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, 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 drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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