16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Tokyo
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 1 day
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Tokyo is an approximately 26.5-hour travel. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Tokyo is 15 hours. Traveling from San Jose in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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.
To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Himeji

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, get engrossed in the history at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Himeji road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Itsukushima Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): head off the coast to Miyajima and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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.
Appreciate the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Hikone Castle in Hikone--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Taikoan, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Osaka

— 2 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 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Dotombori District. On your second day here, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally walk around Nara Park.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 1 night
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get impressive views of Mount Fuji and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online day trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Senso-ji Temple. See some other sides of Tokyo: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.