16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 1 night
train:  5​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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 8th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

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, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Okumiya.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Nikko hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°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 Nature Parks
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and stop by Fuuka-Kimono.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
On the 14th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashike Itsukushima 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): get outside with Eeyan and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mt. Kongo, Katsuragi Highlands
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and finally appreciate the views at Arima Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The English House, then shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Nara to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In November in Kobe, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Mukogawa Valley
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Kobe to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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