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 Tokyo Joypolis, Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari, Enoshima Island, and other attractions you added. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Tokyo Dome. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get outside with Tokyo Dome City, take a stroll through Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online road trip planner .

Lille, France to Tokyo is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lille to Tokyo is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lille in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujisawa, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 4:
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
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 list of things to see and do now includes Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport, Nishi Honganji, Higashi Honganji, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kobe City Hall and Nigatsu-do Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tōdai-ji and Nara Park. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay May 4 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Okunoshima Island, Momijidani Park, Kintaikyo Bridge, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the activities along Motoyasugawa River, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally take a stroll through Kamiyacho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima, don't miss a visit to Miyajima Sambashimae Park, stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Iwakuni Castle, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kintaikyo Bridge.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You'll set off for Fukuoka on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Iwakuni, Okunoshima Island
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Canal City Hakata, Kushida Shrine, Kawabatadori Shopping Street, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maizuru Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District, then stroll through Momochi Seaside Park, and finally stop by Marinoa City Fukuoka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at AMU PLAZA HAKATA, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, see a show at Canal City Hakata, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then look for gifts at Kawabatadori Shopping Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Yatai 屋台.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka online journey planner .

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, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Naha.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
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.
You've added Shikina-en Garden, Izumo Taisha Okinawa Bunsha Shrine, Onoyama Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 栄町市場 / Sakaemachi Arcade and RYUBO. There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Fukuoka to Naha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Naha, with lows of 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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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