26 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

26 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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26 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tateyama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
7
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
8
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
10
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
11
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
13
Yokohama, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
14
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mori Art Museum, Ginza and Tokyo DisneySea. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Mother Farm (in Futtsu).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder website .

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Tokyo are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Tateyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mother Farm, Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ginza ©
Ginza
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka

2
nights
Tateyama, Japan

Tateyama ©
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. You've added Shore Station Tateyama, Aloha Garden Tateyama, Mt. Nokogiri, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get answers to all your questions at Shore Station Tateyama, take in the dramatic natural features at Oki no Shima, make a trip to Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum), walk around Shiroyama Park, then contemplate the long history of Awa Jinja, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aloha Garden Tateyama. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Nagoji Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nokogiri.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tateyama trip planning app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Tateyama in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tokyo in March since evenings lows in Tateyama dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Nokogiri
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Mt. Nokogiri ©
Mt. Nokogiri
Awa Jinja ©
Awa Jinja
Shiroyama Park ©
Shiroyama Park

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Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tenkakudai as well as Owaku-dani Valley. Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take in the pleasant sights at Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Tateyama to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. In March, Hakone-machi is slightly colder than Tateyama - with highs of 9°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Kawaguchi, Mount Fuji
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

2
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), Nagoya City Science Museum and Oasis 21. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Oasis 21, then get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nagoya travel route builder tool .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Shopping Childrens Museums
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Arashiyama has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mt Shosha hiking, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to 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 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Himeji
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
Himeji, Japan

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will leave for Kobe on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
night
Kobe, Japan

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mt. Rokko, Kobe Harborland, Kobe Port Tower, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally visit Kobe Harborland. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko.

To see other places to visit, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe holiday planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Himeji. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Museums
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Shinsekai, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and then snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning website .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas

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Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nigatsu-do Temple, Yoshikien and Mt. Wakakusa. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip maker.

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Hong Kong takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Hong Kong Time (HKT) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

2
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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Planning Tokyo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo. Traveling from Hong Kong in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Yokohama.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minato Mirai 21, Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sankeien Gardens, visit Yokohama Chinatown, get your bearings at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then take in the pleasant sights at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and finally shop like a local with Minato Mirai 21.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip maker app .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In March, daytime highs in Yokohama are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless, Tokyo Skytree, Umihotaru, and other attractions you added. On the 22nd (Sun), take a stroll through Odaiba, then take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless, and then snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Asakusa, stroll around Ueno Park, then take a stroll through Akihabara, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, and finally browse the different shops at Umihotaru.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Tokyo is just a stone's throw from Yokohama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Umihotaru
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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