16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

Miami, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Miami in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 58°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and then boost your wellbeing at Hiroshima Stretch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pontocho District and Ninja Dojo and Store. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn and have fun at Haru Cooking Class.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Classes · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 2nd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Hirayu no Yu, Hirayu Folk Museum, get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Takayama, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Mon), don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Nagase house, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally take a stroll through Ogimachi.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

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 5th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

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.