26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sensō-ji and Odaiba. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions tool .

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Pola Museum of Art
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then stroll around Banna Park, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. In April, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 78°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Yabiji.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Sefa-Utaki. Get a sense of the local culture at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Katsuren Castle Ruins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho), Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son) and Zakimi Castle Ruins (in Yomitan-son). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and make a trip to Cape Maeda.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Miyakojima in April, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Okichan Theater, Zakimi Castle Ruins, Sefa-Utaki
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 15th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho holiday planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hiroshima, with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Kodai-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Ainokura Gassho Community and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & Wada House) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's more to do: wander the streets of Gokayama and walk around Kenrokuen Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa travel route planning tool .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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