16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kōtoku-in and Tokyo National Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Yokohama Chinatown. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, browse the different shops at Tokyo Midtown, don't miss a visit to Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and look for gifts at Wa Space.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be much warmer, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and then visit Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 30th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): laugh and play at Himeji Central Park, revel in the low prices at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets, then make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis, then stroll through Awajihanasajiki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

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.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. For shopping fun, head to Asakusa or Ginza Mitsukoshi. Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.