26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + train + foot + ferry:  17​h 15​min
1
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kids will enjoy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okichan Theater. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Nakijin-son (Kouri-jima Island & Kouri Bridge) and Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Cape Manzamo, & more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho vacation tool .

Sydney, Australia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Motobu-cho. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Kouri Ohashi
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Emerald Beach ©
Emerald Beach
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, expect Hiroshima to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Venture out of the city with trips to Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Henjoin Temple (in Chiryu). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, steep yourself in history at Takeda Tei, examine the collection at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nagoya online tour builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kotsu Jido Yuen, Nabana no Sato, Henjoin Temple, Chubu Park
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 14:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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