26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner
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Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Motobu-cho — 2 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okichan Theater make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Cape Manzamo, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, get outside with Emerald Beach, and go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho road trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Sydney to Motobu-cho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine. When in Hiroshima, make a side trip to see Miyajima in Hatsukaichi, approximately Hatsukaichi away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in April, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Himeji — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto journey planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Nagoya — 3 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kids will enjoy Nagoya Castle and Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Venture out of the city with trips to Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Henjoin Temple (in Chiryu) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, get in on the family fun at Kotsu Jido Yuen, and explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Family-friendly places like Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online attractions planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, Kanazawa is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Tokyo — 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Meiji Jingu Shrine will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 25th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 24 — May 1:

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.
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