26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Sapporo

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Ebisuiwa Daikokuiwa, relax in the rural setting at Asadaen Farm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Haruka Horse Ranch.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary maker.

Busan, South Korea to Sapporo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Busan in July, plan for little chillier days in Sapporo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Biei-cho

— 3 nights
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Susoaidaira), Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Kamifurano-cho (Hinode Lavender Garden & Roller Coaster Road). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, make a trip to Panorama Road, go for a walk through Shikisai no Oka, and stroll through Shirogane Blue Pond.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Biei-cho planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Biei-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Biei-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, visit Akihabara, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planner.

Getting from Biei-cho to Tokyo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Biei-cho in July, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Suwa (Kirigamine Fujimidai & Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center) and Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, explore the striking landscape at Utsukushigahara Highlands, and explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto online route maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa holiday maker tool.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Osaka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 30th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then hit the bull's-eye at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.