16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Barcelona, Spain to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in March, with highs in Hiroshima at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and then stroll around Nara Park.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:

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 14th (Mon), make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

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Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Kanazawa hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

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Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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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.