16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online attractions planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then capture your vacation like a pro with Photoguider-Japan.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka vacation maker site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 15th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey maker tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Himeji

— 2 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Matsue Swimming Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.