26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Horyu-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Toshodaiji Temple and Kongobu-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, & more), Nara (Isuien Garden, Nara National Museum, & more) and Tondabayasahi Jinai Street (in Tondabayashi). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, stroll the grounds of Ishibutai Tomb, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Osaka. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Sakurai, Himeji Castle, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

6
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.
Visit Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Hikone (Hikone Castle & 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hikone, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Toji ©
Toji
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Myoryuji Temple, & more), Memorial Warships Mikasa (in Yokosuka) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Narita, Chichibu, Memorial Warships Mikasa
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

6
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and Okurayama Lookout. Get in touch with nature at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Shinsennuma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose), Oyunuma (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru-shi General Museum (in Otaru). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park, explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo online trip builder .

Getting from Tokyo to Sapporo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get a bit cooler in Sapporo: highs are around 15°C and lows about 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Shinsennuma, Otaru-shi General Museum, Lake Shikotsu, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

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