16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online holiday planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo), Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara Park, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Mt. Koya
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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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