16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Train + Fly:  18​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  18​h 15​min
End: Bristol

3
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Bristol, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then stroll around Chubu Park. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jozanen and then walk around Kasumi Yumekujira Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Jozanen, Kasumi Yumekujira Park, Chubu Park
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

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

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 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to 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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and then categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka attractions planning tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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