16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

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.
Visit Hase-dera Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Kids Plaza Osaka and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Ikaruga-cho to see Horyu-ji Temple about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take a stroll around Daimaru Museum Umeda, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka tour planning website .

Shanghai, China to Osaka is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ninna-ji Temple and Ise Shrine Geku. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple in Uji (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise Shrine Geku, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

7
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.
Pola Museum of Art and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori), Kashima Jingū Shrine (in Kashima) and Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Ueno, and steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamakura, Utsunomiya, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Samukawa Shrine, Kashima Jingu
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
day
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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