16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
1
Nagoya
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Nagoya
— Few hours
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: London

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hours
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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nagoya trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

London, UK to Nagoya is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in April, Nagoya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba and Ginza. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Saiko Lake, Sankodai, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Yokohama, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 9th (Thu), examine the collection at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then stop by Hanakomichi, and finally explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, head outdoors with Mt. KItahodaka, head outdoors with Tokusawa, get outside with Karasawa Carl, then head outdoors with Konashidaira, and finally take a peaceful walk through Larch Forests In Kamikochi area.

Plan my day in Matsumoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hotaka Mountain Range
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. KItahodaka ©
Mt. KItahodaka
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School

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.
You'll explore and learn at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Saho River, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kameyama Shrine, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Flame.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at House of Line, make a trip to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kobe trip maker.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Sakae and then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya online driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Sakae
Sakae

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