16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Kita
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
On the 8th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally stroll through Miyajima.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Hiroshima is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Hiroshima is 5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in March: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites 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

1
night
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 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Himeji journey website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kita road trip website .

You can drive from Himeji to Kita in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kita are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Baths Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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

Traveling by car from Kita to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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 18th (Mon): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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