16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Nara Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Japan Tour Adventure in Nara). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, stop by Minami (Namba), and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip site.

Austin, USA to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Austin to Osaka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Osaka, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 25th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Gion, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Odaiba District and Akihabara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ginza, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

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You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.