16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kamakura
— 1 day
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
4
Morioka
— 1 night
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
6
Osaka
— 1 day
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
8
Kobe
— 1 day
9
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 1 night

2
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.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

1
day
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Toshimaya Honten.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip builder website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 20th (Sat), wander the streets of Ginza, see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, look for gifts at Kiddy Land Harajuku, examine the collection at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, then examine the collection at Subway Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Sengaku-ji Temple ©
Sengaku-ji Temple
Madame Tussauds Tokyo ©
Madame Tussauds Tokyo

1
night
Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hōon-ji Temple, then stop by Kogensya, then see the interesting displays at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Yotsuya Church.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Morioka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect Morioka to be little chillier, temps between 46°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hōon-ji Temple ©
Hōon-ji Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konkai Komyoji Temple, and finally stroll around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Koryu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and finally look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder website.

You can fly from Morioka to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Morioka in March; daily highs in Kyoto reach 57°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then stop by Tower Knives Osaka, and finally visit Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Tower Knives Osaka ©
Tower Knives Osaka

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rokuharamitsuji Temple, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in, and finally steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

1
day
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kobe tour website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kobe sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 29th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally take a stroll through Kamiyacho. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): visit Odaiba District.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tokyo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Shimokitazawa ©
Shimokitazawa

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