26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
2
Matsue
— 2 nights
Bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (in Motobu-cho), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Zamami Island (in Zamami-son). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to American Village, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and stop by Fukurasha.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Naha trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

San Francisco, USA to Naha is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Naha are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are much hotter (81°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cape Manzamo, Zamami Island, American Village, Aharen Beach, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsue: Izumo (Inasa Beach, Izumo Taisha Shrine, & more), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Sakaiminato (Fountain of Kappa & The Mizuki Shigeru Road). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle, explore the activities along Shinji Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rokusho Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Yuushien Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsue tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Naha to Matsue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Naha in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Matsue, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Sakaiminato, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine

5
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Torodo Temple, & more), Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Nara, Matsue Swimming Beach, Hakutakarokusuien
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

5
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planning tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Komponchudo, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kamakura (Samuraikibun Kamakura, KĊtoku-in, & more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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