26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Yufu
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Gifu
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
10
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
11
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online vacation planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kobe

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kobe holiday planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Kobe by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Awaji Highway Oasis
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 6th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, then stroll through Chinoike Jigoku, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Usajingu Shrine, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Kumahachi Aburaya, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Beppu planning app .

Fly from Kobe to Beppu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, Usajingu Shrine
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the views from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area, and finally stop by Yufuin Shoyuya Honten. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yufu online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Yufu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge
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Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin
Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Iwashita Collection ©
Iwashita Collection

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online travel planner .

You can take a train from Yufu to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday builder website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka holiday maker tool .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 17th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gion and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Gifu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Gifu

Gifu ©
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gifu: Hikone (Seiryo-ji Temple, Hikone Castle Museum, & more) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kinka Ropeway, appreciate the history behind Gold Statue of Nobunaga Oda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Inuyama Jokamachi.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gifu vacation builder app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Gifu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Gifu are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gifu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hikone, Inuyama
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Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Mt. Kinka ©
Mt. Kinka

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine and then step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya travel website .

Nagoya is very close to Gifu. October in Nagoya sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hikone Castle
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Asakusa, stroll around Ueno Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and then shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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