16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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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 Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Nara Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning website.

Austin, USA to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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 take an in-depth tour of 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.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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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): contemplate the long history 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.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Himeji road trip planning website.

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.
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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 Ryoanji Temple. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder app.

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.
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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 Tokyo Central Railway Station 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 (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Ginza, don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

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.
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