26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lille
train + Fly:  26​h
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  3​h
2
Osaka
— 9 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  21​h
End: Lille

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asakusa Shrine, Yanaka Cemetery, Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Ginza and Asakusa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Tokyo Dome City. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Akihabara, and make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning app .

Lille, France to Tokyo is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Lille in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujisawa, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 4:
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

9
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle, Shinsekai, Osaka Castle, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Todai-ji Temple and Nara Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck) and Nigatsu-do Temple. It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and make a trip to Nakanoshima Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay May 4 — 13:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Miyajima, Kintaikyo Bridge, Momijidani Park, and other attractions. On the 13th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Iwakuni Castle, take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima Sambashimae Park, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 15th (Tue), you're off toFukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Iwakuni
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
You've added Canal City Hakata, Kushida Shrine, Kawabatadori Shopping Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 15th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Maizuru Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Ohori Park, wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District, then stroll through Momochi Seaside Park, and finally look for gifts at Marinoa City Fukuoka. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, catch a live performance at Canal City Hakata, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then look for gifts at Kawabatadori Shopping Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Yatai.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka route builder .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You will leave for Naha on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata ©
JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata
Sumiyoshi Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Shrine

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Onoyama Park, Naminoue-gu Shrine, Naminoue Beach, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sakaemachi Arcade and Ryubo. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Shurijo Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha attractions planner .

Getting from Fukuoka to Naha by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fukuoka in May since evenings lows in Naha dip to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Shikinaen Garden ©
Shikinaen Garden
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Naminoue Beach
Naminoue Beach

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