26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Ikspiari). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kids will enjoy Takayama Jinya and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan) (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa tour builder app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

5
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and stop by Arashiyama.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

5
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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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Himeji

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji vacation maker site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

4
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.