26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Bus + 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 4th (Fri), soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, then visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. On your second day here, get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kobe day trip website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kobe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Baths

Side Trip

Awaji Highway Oasis
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit 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 take in the natural beauty of Chinoike Jigoku, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower. On the next day, make a trip to 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.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Beppu route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kobe to Beppu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Beppu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Usajingu Shrine, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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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.
On the 8th (Tue), snap pictures at Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Yufuin Area, and finally stop by Yufuin Shoyuya Honten. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yufu day trip planning app.

Getting from Beppu to Yufu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Yufu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature Parks Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Yufu to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to 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
Gion
Gion

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Gion and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder website.

Kyoto is very close to 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
Gion
Gion

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gifu: Hikone (Seiryo-ji Temple, Hikone Castle Museum, &more) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kinka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha), stroll around Gifu Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kinka Ropeway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gifu itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Gifu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Gifu, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine and then explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world 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 observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya tour itinerary maker site.

Nagoya is very close to Gifu. October in Nagoya sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a stroll through Asakusa, then walk around Ueno Park, then get your game on 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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, then get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and then take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey builder app.

Getting from Nagoya to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough 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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