26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
7
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
End: Austin

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.
Get some cultural insight at Asakusa Shrine and Yanaka. Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), browse the exhibits of teamLab Borderless, and take in the pleasant sights at Hozomon.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Austin to Tokyo. Traveling from Austin in November, you will find days in Tokyo are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 20th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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.
On the 21st (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in November: highs in Hiroshima hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Okunoin and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Minami (Namba). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Dotonbori, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tenjinzaka, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Koyasan Okunoin
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Tenryuji Temple and Toji for their historical value. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Visit Hikone Castle and Sarutahiko Shrine for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ise Shrine Geku and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Change things up with a short trip to Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail in Nakatsugawa (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and steep yourself in history at Sokenji- Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagoya road trip app .

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ise, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, Hikone Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Pola Museum of Art and Okada Museum of Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Narukawa Art Museum. Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Kinomiya Shrine in Atami, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Hakone Ekiden Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine Homotsuden.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Kinomiya Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine

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