16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Urayasu
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Train + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Dubai

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Senso-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi) and Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park (in Gotemba). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Ginza, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Tokyo, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in April, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
On the 5th (Wed), discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, thendiscover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and then browse the different shops at Ikspiari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokekyoji Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Tojo House, thenget to know the fascinating history of Tokiwadaira Cherry Blossom Promenade, and finally see the interesting displays at The World Doll Museum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Urayasu online trip itinerary planner.

Urayasu is very close to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Matsudo, Hokekyoji Temple, The World Doll Museum
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
The World Doll Museum ©
The World Doll Museum

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 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, thenget your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, thensteep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thenstep into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary tool.

Getting from Urayasu to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Urayasu in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
nights
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 9th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, thenadmire the striking features of Nara National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, expand your horizons at Experience YAMATO, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, thentake an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

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

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 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, thenexamine the collection at Mint Museum, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Osaka, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Kids will enjoy Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Gekijyo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, get curious at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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