16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Seattle

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder app .

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online holiday planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online day trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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