16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Yokohama
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Himeji
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
7
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
9
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: New York City

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu Kannon-do, Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), Tokyo Tower, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Omotesando. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), take a memorable tour with Tokyo Cruise (Sumida River), wander the streets of Ginza, and stroll around Hama Rikyu Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online attractions planner .

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

few
hours
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yokohama Landmark Tower, Yokohama Chinatown and Yokohama Cosmo World. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, find something for the whole family at Yokohama Cosmo World, then take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Landmark Tower.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Yokohama trip app .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama
Yokohama Landmark Tower ©
Yokohama Landmark Tower

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sunshine City Alpa, Godzilla Head, Omoide Yokocho, and other attractions. Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Tokyo is very close to Yokohama. You will leave for Osaka on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Omoide Yokocho ©
Omoide Yokocho

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuromon Market as well as Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): learn something new at Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street and then make a trip to Kuromon Market.

Plan a trip to Osaka easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Classes
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Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shijo Kawaramachi, Yasaka Shrine, Pontocho, and other attractions you added. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

few
hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
On the 5th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then get a new perspective on things with Kobe Bay Cruise, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Kobe
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko

1
night
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe online driving holiday planner .

Kobe is very close to Himeji. In October in Kobe, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. You'll set off for Nara on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Kobe to Nara in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Namba Parks, Namba Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Namba Yasaka Shrine, stop by Minami (Namba), then browse the different shops at Namba Parks, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, then stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then look for gifts at Don Quijote, and finally shop like a local with Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka planning site .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Osaka. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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