16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Auckland

3
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.
On the 21st (Mon), make a trip to Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Hachiko, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then look for gifts at Monokoto Store, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): shop like a local with Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kasuga Grand Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fujiyoshida.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine. On the 29th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arayayama Shrine Okumiya, don't miss a visit to Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine, then make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kofuji, and finally make a trip to Oshino Hakkai. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fujiyoshida online attractions planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujiyoshida in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Oshino Hakkai, Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Oshino Hakkai ©
Oshino Hakkai

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
See some other sides of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Akihabara, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and stop by Odaiba District.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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