16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Chiba
— 1 night
3
Aomori
— 1 night
4
Naha
— 1 night
5
Nagasaki
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
8
Nara
— 1 night
9
Kyoto
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then walk around Ueno Park. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker app.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Tokyo. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Guadalajara in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chiba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Chiba

Chiba ©
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll around Hanashima Park, look for gifts at Coconut, Tsudanuma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myokenhongu Chiba Shrine, walk around Aobanomori Park, then admire the natural beauty at Chiba City Tomitacho Agricultural Exchange Center, and finally let little ones run wild at Odoike Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chiba trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Chiba in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Chiba, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Chiba

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Coconut, Tsudanuma
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Aobanomori Park ©
Aobanomori Park
Hanashima Park ©
Hanashima Park
Odoike Park ©
Odoike Park

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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, then snap pictures at Labridge, then make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aomori trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Chiba to Aomori takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Chiba, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Aomori, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru ©
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site

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Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, then make a trip to Kokusaidori, and finally stop by Splash Okinawa Shop No. 1.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Naha trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Aomori to Naha takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Aomori in April, things will get much hotter in Naha: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori
Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road ©
Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip site.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in April, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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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 25th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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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 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
On the 29th (Thu), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Nara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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 in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stroll through Haradanien, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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