16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
9
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  4​h
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

few
hours
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 28th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka travel route planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nara vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
day
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nara in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, don't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

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

few
hours
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

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
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum and then discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. On your second day here, take a stroll through Akihabara, take a stroll through Ginza, and then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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