26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Kobe
— 2 nights
6
Hatsukaichi
— 5 nights
7
Yokohama
— 3 nights

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Chikurin Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Fujiko F Fujio Museum (in Kawasaki) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, examine the collection at Fire Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Moncton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 13 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moncton in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Fujiko F Fujio Museum, Chikurin Park, Kichijoji
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 22:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, thenexplore the world behind art at Nagoya City Art Museum, thenstop by Sakae, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Sakaechika. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamichikama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, thenexamine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Midland Square.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Nagoya, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art ©
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

3
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.
You've now added Nishiki Market Shopping District to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, steep yourself in history at Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), thendon't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thencontemplate the long history of Koryu-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji

2
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've now added Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, thenget a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, and finally look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

National Museum of Ethnology
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

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.
You've now added Arima Onsen to your itinerary. On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masutomi Inari Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, thenadmire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kobe online route planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

5
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Itsukushima Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Hamasaki Machiya Preservation Area. Museum-lovers will appreciate Unrin-ji Temple and Woodone Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Hatsukaichi: Tsuwano-cho (Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral & Yomeiji) and Hagi (Former House of Yamamura Family & Yukawa Family Old Residence). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, get outside with Paddle Park, browse the different shops at Fuji Grand Nathalie, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kobe to Hatsukaichi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Yokohama.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hagi, Tsuwano-cho
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Yokohama Landmark Tower has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kōtoku-in and Yokohama Port Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kamakura Hiking Trails and Kishamichi Promenade. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Soji-ji Temple, take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shomyo-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yokohama trip planner.

You can fly from Hatsukaichi to Yokohama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Nipponmaru Memorial Park
Nipponmaru Memorial Park
Kishamichi Promenade ©
Kishamichi Promenade
Kamakura Hiking Trails ©
Kamakura Hiking Trails

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