26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nara
— 1 night
2
Koya-cho
— 1 night
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
4
Kofu
— 1 night
5
Matsumoto
— Few hours
6
Nagano
— 1 night
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights
9
Fukuoka
— 1 night
10
Hiroshima
— 1 day
11
Matsuyama
— 1 night
12
Uchiko-cho
— Few hours
13
Ozu
— 1 night
14
Marugame
— 4 nights
15
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
16
Himeji
— 2 nights
17
Okayama
— 3 nights

1
night
Nara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodoin. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, explore the activities along Saho River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then get your game on at Waplus Nara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planning site.

Osaka to Nara is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

The Kuzuharas House, Byodoin, Hase-dera Temple, Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Koya. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, and finally see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum.

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Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In September in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai ©
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai

1
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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.
On the 9th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and then take a stroll through Odaiba District.

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Getting from Koya-cho to Tokyo by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kofu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Kofu

Kofu ©
Old historic castles and Shinto shrines dominate the sightseeing in Kofu, a city fringed by mountains on all sides.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeda Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple, then admire the verdant scenery at Shosenkyo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kofu trip builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kofu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Kofu are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kofu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
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Takeda Shrine ©
Takeda Shrine
Shosenkyo ©
Shosenkyo
Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art ©
Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art

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hours
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 11th (Fri), take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, and then experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kofu to Matsumoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
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Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Kagami, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagano attractions planning site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Nagano sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Togakushi Shrine Chusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Chusha
Lake Kagami ©
Lake Kagami

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Misuma Pond, examine the collection at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Nagano to Yamanouchi-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts
Shibuyu Shrine ©
Shibuyu Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take a stroll through Arashiyama, and finally admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, then go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, make a trip to Yatai, then have some family-friendly fun at Fukuro no Mise, Hakata, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Fukuoka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel route planning app.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Matsuyama Station and then don't miss a visit to Okaido Shopping Street.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Matsuyama trip maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

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hours
Uchiko-cho

Uchiko-cho
Uchiko is a town located in Kita District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.On January 1, 2005 the town of Ikazaki, from Kita District; and the town of Oda, from Kamiukena District, were merged into Uchiko.As of April 1, 2017 (after this merger), the town has an estimated population of 16,172 and a density of 54 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stop by Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, then get engrossed in the history at Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, and then don't miss a visit to Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uchiko-cho visit planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Uchiko-cho takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Uchiko-cho can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ozu.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

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Ozu

Ozu ©
Ōzu is a Japanese city of about 48,000 inhabitants located in Ehime Prefecture.HistoryŌzu Castle is a castle in Ōzu. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso and then steep yourself in history at Ozu Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ozu tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uchiko-cho to Ozu in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Ozu are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Marugame.

Things to do in Ozu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Ozu Castle ©
Ozu Castle

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nights
Marugame

Marugame ©
Marugame is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 109,922 and a population density of 980 persons per km². Get out of town with these interesting Marugame side-trips: Kurashiki (Mt. Washu Observation Deck & Former Nozakike House), Miyoshi (Oboke Koboke, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu, Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kochi Castle, take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Nakazubansho Garden, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba.

Plan trip to Marugame with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Ozu to Marugame in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Marugame

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kochi, Miyoshi, Kurashiki, Kotohira-cho, Tomo no Ura
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle
Kotohiragu shrine office ©
Kotohiragu shrine office
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu

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Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Shodoshima-cho (Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park & Seigan-ji Temple), Naruto (Otsuka Museum of Art, Onaruto Bridge, &more) and Naoshima-cho (Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, step off the mainland to explore Ogijima Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, and take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Takamatsu driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Marugame to Takamatsu in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Naruto, Naoshima-cho, Tokushima, Shodoshima-cho, Naruto Whirlpools
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Mt. Tsurugi ©
Mt. Tsurugi

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Himeji

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Remains of Ako Castle (in Ako), Tottori Castle Ruins (in Tottori) and Hayabusa Station (in Yazu-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Ikuno Ginzan, steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Himeji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takamatsu in September since evenings lows in Himeji dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takasago, Asago, Remains of Ako Castle, Tottori Castle Ruins, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Okayama: Bitchu Matsuyama Castle (in Takahashi), Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, examine the collection at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and make a trip to The Mizuki Shigeru Road.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip itinerary site.

Getting from Himeji to Okayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Himeji in September, Okayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Okayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Sakaiminato, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Daisen, Daisen Outlook
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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