16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nikko
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
9
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
10
Kobe
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
11
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
12
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
13
Shizuoka
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
14
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Toronto


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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.
On the 7th (Thu), get outside with Kimono Me and then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On your second day here, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally stop by Odaiba.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

1
day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Nikko, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Visiting Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course and Yodoryokuchi Park will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 14th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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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

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, wander the streets of Dotombori, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Discover how to plan a Osaka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nara road trip site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka planner.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, then steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe online trip planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nishinomiya Shrine
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Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka vacation planning site.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
day
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Shizuoka castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, visit Nihondaira Ropeway, then delve into the lush surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haguruma Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shizuoka trip planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Shizuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Shizuoka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites Nature Beaches
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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Satta-toge Pass ©
Satta-toge Pass
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine ©
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Shizuoka to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Shizuoka in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tokyo, with lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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