24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Shimoda
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Wakayama
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Calgary

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 list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Trick Art Museum, Enoshima Island, Takeshita Street, and other attractions. Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Ueno Zoo. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and walk around Ueno Park.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Calgary to Tokyo, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Calgary, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Sanrio Puroland
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Sanrio Puroland ©
Sanrio Puroland

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Yuryo as well as The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Hakone Yuryo. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road, go for a walk through Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Shimoda.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Baths Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Yuryo ©
Hakone Yuryo
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

4
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Touji Sand Ski Area, Jogasaki Coast and Omuro Mountain Lift. Kids will appreciate attractions like iZoo and Yumigahama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Shimoda side-trips: Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls (in Kawazu-cho), Izu (Joren Waterfall, Joren Falls Museum, & more) and Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden (in Higashiizu-cho). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tsumekizaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Nesugatayama Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ryugu Park, and head outdoors with Shirahama Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shimoda itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Shimoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hakone-machi in March, with highs in Shimoda at 15°C and lows at 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Nagoya.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Izu, Ito, Kawazu-cho, Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden, Yumigahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach
Yumigahama Beach ©
Yumigahama Beach
iZoo ©
iZoo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dino Adventure Nagoya as well as Legoland Japan. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Shimoda to Nagoya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Shimoda in March, Nagoya is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Wakayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Legoland Japan ©
Legoland Japan
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum
Dino Adventure Nagoya ©
Dino Adventure Nagoya

3
nights
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Misaki Amusement Park and Wakayama Marina City. Venture out of the city with trips to Chokeiji Temple (in Sennan) and Rinku Premium Outlets (in Izumisano). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Awashima Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, and contemplate the long history of Tomogashima Island.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wakayama tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Wakayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Wakayama can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Rinku Premium Outlets, Misaki Amusement Park, Chokeiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Misaki Amusement Park ©
Misaki Amusement Park
Porto Europe ©
Porto Europe

3
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online trip maker .

Getting from Wakayama to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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