26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
4
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Himeji
— 1 night
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
9
Tokyo
— 1 night

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Fire Museum and Kanda Myojin will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Engaku-ji Temple) and Jogashima Island (in Jogashima). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island, Semba Boadwalk, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Jogashima Island
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 26th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone and then take in the pleasant sights at Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, thenexplore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kiunkaku
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Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenexplore the activities along Yamazaki River, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Arimatsu no Machinami, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bansho-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagoya tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Bansho-ji Temple ©
Bansho-ji Temple

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Let the collections at Magome Wakihonjin Museum and Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Nakasendo Magome-juku and Eishoji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Nakatsugawa side-trips: Tajimi (Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi & Kokeizan Eihoji Temple). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Naegi Castle Ruins, get to know the fascinating history of Nakatsugawajuku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Fukutoku Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Stone Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nakatsugawa trip app.

Getting from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tajimi
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine ©
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Nakatsugawa to Hiroshima by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
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Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, steep yourself in history at Bizenmaru, thencontemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Bizenmaru ©
Bizenmaru

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Heian Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Miho Museum in Koka--about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Miho Museum
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

3
nights
Osaka

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.
Mint Museum and Kids Plaza Osaka will appeal to museum buffs. Nigatsu-do Temple and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Muroji Temple (in Uda), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, and explore the galleries of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka holiday builder site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Muroji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Kinpusenji Temple
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Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums
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