16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  9​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Chatan-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 day
taxi + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Kyoto is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get colder in Kyoto: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi road trip site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chatan-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hiroshima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

3
nights
Chatan-cho

Chatan-cho ©
Known for its American military bases, Chatan-cho has lacked the tourism appeal of other towns on the island, yet offers a pleasant beach getaway.
Get in touch with nature at Manza Beach and Nirai Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tropical Beach and Naminoue Beach. Explore Chatan-cho's surroundings by going to Onna-son (Kariyushi Beach & Cape Manzamo) and Shurijo Castle (in Naha). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sunset Beach.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chatan-cho road trip app .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hatsukaichi to Chatan-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hatsukaichi in December; daily highs in Chatan-cho reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Chatan-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Naha, Tropical Beach, Nirai Beach
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Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

1
day
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): fly down the slopes at Ryuoo Mountain Park and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Chatan-cho to Yamanouchi-machi takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Chatan-cho in December, things will get much colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Asakusa, and shop like a local with Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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