16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
Fly

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3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hozomon and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails & Kakuonji Temple). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kitanomaru Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yanaka Cemetery Park, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Denver, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in May, with highs in Tokyo at 76°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your trip
Kitanomaru Park ©
Must see
Kitanomaru Park
4.3
Hozomon ©
Must see
Hozomon
4.5
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Religious Site
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
4.1

2
nights
Kanazawa

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 5th (Tue): stop by Amanatto Kawamura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, take a stroll through Teramachi District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daijoji Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Amaharashi Coast. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, take in breathtaking views at Tedori Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiura Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and finally go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your trip
Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Religious Site
Shirayama Hime Shrine
4.4
Fudosonkorin Temple ©
Religious Site
Fudosonkorin Temple
4.3
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
4.5

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) and Iwashimizu Hachimangu. Step off the beaten path and head to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Jonangu Shrine. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan in Uji, approximately Uji away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Yoshimine-dera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in, make a trip to Yasakanoto, and get to know the fascinating history of Nenenokomichi.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
Highlights from your trip
Yoshimine-dera ©
Must see
Yoshimine-dera
4.5
Yasakanoto ©
Must see
Yasakanoto
4.1

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yoshikien and Joruri Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall and Asuka-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Harushika Brewery, Walking tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, get to know the fascinating history of Osaka, contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asazawasha Shrine.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka attractions planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
Highlights from your trip
Yoshikien ©
Must see
Yoshikien
4.5
Asuka-dera Temple ©
Religious Site
Asuka-dera Temple
4.4

2
nights
Himeji

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.
On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, steep yourself in history at Bizenmaru, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in May: highs in Himeji hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip
Nishi no Maru ©
Historic Site
Nishi no Maru
4.7
Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan
4.2
Bizenmaru ©
Historic Site
Bizenmaru
3.8

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