26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 15​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
8
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  4​h 15​min
10
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
11
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Amsterdam

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine and then stroll around Nikko National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

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.
For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakone-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In May in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, take a stroll through Nagamachi District, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kanazawa journey planning tool .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takayama day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Tenshukakau Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
On the 27th (Mon), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, explore and take pictures at Daio Wasabi Farm, then contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker tool .

Getting from Matsumoto to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. On the next day, take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Koya. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tanizeno Tsuribashi, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon.

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

Getting from Osaka to Koya-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tanizeno Tsuribashi
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
nights
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 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and finally kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour planning tool .

Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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