16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning site.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Hiroshima. Traveling from London in July, expect Hiroshima to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Himeji sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, buy something for everyone on your list at Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and visit Gion.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route app.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.