26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Yuzawa-machi
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Queenstown

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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, meet the residents at Tokyo Sea Life Park, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker tool.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Naspa Ski Garden, head outdoors with Forrest Adventure Yuzawa Nakazato, head outdoors with Masu domari, then make a trip to Ponshukan, and finally walk around Yuzawa Central Park. On your second day here, get outside with Mt.Tairatsupyo, then fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Makihata, and finally examine the collection at Ehonto Kinomi Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Yuzawa-machi trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Yuzawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ehonto Kinomi Museum, Mt. Makihata, Mt.Tairatsupyo
Highlights from your plan
Naspa Ski Garden ©
Naspa Ski Garden
Mt. Makihata ©
Mt. Makihata

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamado Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World umino-nakamichi, engage your brain at Fukuoka City Science Museum, go for a walk through Ohori Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Fukuro no Mise, Hakata, and finally admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka online journey maker.

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Fukuoka by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Marine World umino-nakamichi ©
Marine World umino-nakamichi
Fukuoka City Science Museum ©
Fukuoka City Science Museum

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning website.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Attractions like Kobe Oji Zoo and Himeji City Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kobe's surroundings by going to The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism (in Kato) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudoji Temple, and wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kobe itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo

4
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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

You can plan Kyoto trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and SpaWorld. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online day trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

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