16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary builder.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto travel website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough 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
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Nara Park, Mt. Koya
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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