16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive
6
Nara
— 1 night
Train
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Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
Fly
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Yokohama
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in a show at Robot Restaurant, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 3.5 hours. In April, Tokyo is colder than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 1 day
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isshinji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Kobe

— 1 night
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 13th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kobe day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara visit planner.

Drive from Kobe to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Hatsukaichi

— 1 day
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then stroll around Momijidani Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Nara to Hatsukaichi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Yokohama

— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, then stop by Yokohama Chinatown, and finally visit Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

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Fly from Hatsukaichi to Yokohama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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.