16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Nikko
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
6
Nara
— 1 night
7
Kobe
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
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Yokohama Nature Sanctuary ©
Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, thensteep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Okumiya.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nikko online route planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

3
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Arashiyama, gear up at Fuuka-Kimono, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Nikko to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
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 14th (Thu): head off the coast to Miyajima, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mashikeitsukushima Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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 15th (Fri): gear up at Eeyan and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka tour itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. November in Osaka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Katsuragi Highlands, Mt. Kongo
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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 17th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, thenidentify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nara travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the views at Mukogawa Valley, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen. On the next day, steep yourself in history at The English House, thenwander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kobe online road trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Mukogawa Valley
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Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 19th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and then stop by Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route planning tool.

You can take a train from Kobe to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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