26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Semboku
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Tokyo. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aomori.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Aomori

— 2 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hirosaki Castle, Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden and Hirosaki Apple Park. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, and then walk around Hirosaki Apple Park.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aomori trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Aomori takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Aomori at 9°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Semboku

— 2 nights
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Kakunodate has been added to your itinerary.

Start your trip to Semboku by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Aomori to Semboku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods

Osaka

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nara Park, Pokemon Center Osaka, Osaka Castle Park, and other attractions you added.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Semboku to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Semboku in November, expect Osaka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
You've added Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, Mount Misen Obsevatory, Itsukushima Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Misen Obsevatory and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Bamboo Forest Street, Ginkakuji Temple, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kodai-ji Temple and Fukuchiyama City Greenery Botanical Garden. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Amanoiwato Shrine in Fukuchiyama, about 1h 50 min away.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Classes

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo has been added to your itinerary. Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour website.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. You will leave for home on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.