16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kobe
— 1 night
3
Nara
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 9 nights

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Tokyo to Osaka is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Koya
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll set off for Nara on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thenidentify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara route site.

You can drive from Kobe to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour builder tool.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Urayasu, Nagakubo Park, Chureito Pagoda
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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