16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Narita
1
Narita
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
5
Nikko
— 1 day
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Nara
— 1 night
train:  3​h
9
Koya-cho
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Kita
— 1 night
train:  3​h
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
12
Narita
— Few hours
End: Narita

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Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Narita trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Narita International Airport, Tokyo Haneda International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zojoji Temple as well as teamLab Borderless. Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Ginza. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takeshita Street and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, stroll through Ueno Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning tool .

You can drive from Narita to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagano trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 21°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 14th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko trip maker site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

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night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Meiji Jingu Shrine to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and then take a stroll through Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Gion
Gion

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Koya-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kita.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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night
Kita

Kita ©
On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kita online day trip planner .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and Yokohama Chinatown. Head to Minato Mirai 21 and Kimono Mefor some retail therapy. See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Kita to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Yokohama, Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama
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Narita

Narita ©
For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Narita day trip site .

Drive from Tokyo to Narita in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sakura Castle Site Park
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Sakura Castle Site Park ©
Sakura Castle Site Park

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