26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kawasaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Osaka

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in March, expect Osaka to be much warmer, temps between 16°C and 5°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. You'll set off for Nagoya on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. You will leave for Kawasaki on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kawasaki

— 2 nights
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and then steep yourself in history at Kawasaki Daishi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kawasaki online journey planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kawasaki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 8 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo journey planning website.

Tokyo is just a short distance from Kawasaki. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Tours

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.