16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Shanghai
Fly + Train:  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
Train + 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Toshodai-ji Temple and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Shanghai, China to Osaka is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 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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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Nishi Honganji. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

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Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train 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
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kencho-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Get in touch with nature at Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kashima Jingu (in Kashima), Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Oya History Museum, wander the streets of Yanaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and stop by Ueno.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Utsunomiya, Kamakura, Kashima Jingu, Samukawa Shrine, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
day
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

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

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