16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Shari-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Shakotan-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Hanoi


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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mimurotoji Temple and Toshodaiji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Kurama and Sanzen-in Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Kasuga Grand Shrine, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning app .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Kyoto is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Kyoto is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Otsu, Nara, Mimurotoji Temple
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

3
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Goryuno Falls will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dogashima Tensodo Cave and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fuji: Dogashima Island (in Nishiizu-cho), Inashimo Shrine (in Matsuzaki-cho) and Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Kuon-ji Temple and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fuji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fuji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Fuji are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Nishiizu-cho, Goryuno Falls, Inashimo Shrine, Kuon-ji Temple
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Dogashima Tensodo Cave ©
Dogashima Tensodo Cave
Kuon-ji Temple ©
Kuon-ji Temple
Dogashima Island ©
Dogashima Island

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Railway Museum and Hase-dera Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to KidZania Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Fuji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Railway Museum
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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Kamakura Hiking Trails ©
Kamakura Hiking Trails
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©

1
night
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then get outside with Road to Heaven.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In August, Shari-cho is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

1
day
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shakotan-cho trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shari-cho to Shakotan-cho. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shakotan-cho when traveling from Shari-cho in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Beaches
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu and then hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online vacation maker .

Drive from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. August in Sapporo sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

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