26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Nikko
— 1 night
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
4
Izu
— 1 night
5
Fuji
— 1 night
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
7
Nara
— 1 night
8
Ise
— 1 night
9
Hikone
— 1 night
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
11
Kobe
— 1 night
12
Hiroshima
— 1 night
13
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
14
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
15
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
16
Ishigaki
— 1 night

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Kitte Marunouchi. Visit Nezu Shrine and Katori Jingu Shrine for their historical value. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Carnivorous plant habitat in Togane, Naruto (in Sanmu), Shirasato Central Beach (in Oamishirasato) and Shirako Beach (in Shirako-machi). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ueno District, visit Kagurazaka, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in May, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Katori, Carnivorous plant habitat in Togane, Naruto, Shirasato Central Beach, Shirako Beach, Hitotsumatsu Beach
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ueno District ©
Ueno District

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Yunishigawa Onsen has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Mon), look for gifts at Nikko Okaki Factory, get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, and finally stroll through Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Odashirogahara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Furumine Jinja, and finally steep yourself in history at Higiri Jizoson Jokoji Temple.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko day trip tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Furumine Jinja
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Furumine Jinja ©
Furumine Jinja

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi day trip app.

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. In May in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Odawara Wanpaku Land, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
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Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

1
night
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Toi Beach, cruise along Nishiizu Skyline, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daruma, stop by Tokyo Rusk Izu Factory, then take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Izu tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Izu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Izu are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
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Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Shuzen-ji Temple ©
Shuzen-ji Temple
Hie Shrine ©
Hie Shrine

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 29th (Fri), walk around Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park, get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the long history of Shimpo-in, then walk around Iwamotoyama Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwamoto.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fuji online vacation planner.

You can drive from Izu to Fuji in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Fuji are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Hiromi Park ©
Hiromi Park
Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park ©
Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park
Obuchi Sasaba ©
Obuchi Sasaba

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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyotofor some retail therapy. Kids will appreciate attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kurama-dera. Venture out of the city with trips to Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land & Amanohashidate), Otsu (Nango Suisan Center, Ishiyamadera Temple, &more) and Takahama-cho (Toriihama Beach, Shirahama Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Fuji to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Fuji in May, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Otsu, Takahama-cho, Miyazu, Lake Biwa Museum
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at NaraKimono Rental Fuji, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Ise.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
Ise

Ise
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise trip maker.

You can take a train from Nara to Ise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nara in June, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. On the 5th (Fri), you're off to Hikone.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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1
night
Hikone

Hikone ©
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiga Prefecture Gokoku Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Hikone Castle Umaya, look for gifts at Itoju Honten, then steep yourself in history at Soanji Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Hikone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Genkyuen Garden ©
Genkyuen Garden
Tenneiji ©
Tenneiji

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.
On the 6th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, get your game on at Ninja-Do, then stop by Tower Knives Osaka, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally visit Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, head outdoors with Osaka Fureai no Mizube, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then stop by Minami (Namba), then browse the different shops at Namba Parks, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planning tool.

Getting from Hikone to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
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Tower Knives Osaka ©
Tower Knives Osaka
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), look for gifts at Moriya Shop, take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum, and finally try out the rides at Michi-no-eki Kobe Fruit Flower Park Osawa.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe holiday site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kobe: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nishinomiya
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:
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Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, stop by Monokoto Store, wander the streets of Kamiyacho, then see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Saijotsuru Brewery, take a stroll through Saijo, get to know the fascinating history of Saijohommachi History Square, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka, then head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and finally identify plant and animal life at Takatoridai.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Higashihiroshima, Bay Side Beach Saka, Takatoridai, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi driving holiday website.

Hatsukaichi is very close to Hiroshima. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:
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Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Miyama Shrine ©
Miyama Shrine

1
night
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.
Plan trip to Motobu-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Hatsukaichi to Motobu-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hatsukaichi in June, with highs in Motobu-cho at 34°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Emerald Beach ©
Emerald Beach

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 12th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, head outdoors with Sea Sky Hakuai, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then kick back and relax at Painagama Beach, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

Plan a Miyakojima trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima takes 6 hours. In June in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Painagama Beach ©
Painagama Beach

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night
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.
On the 14th (Sun), stop by Uminchu.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Shiraho Beach ©
Shiraho Beach

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