26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Semboku
— 1 night
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online driving holiday planner.

Milan, Italy to Nagasaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Milan to Nagasaki. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Milan in December; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Hosomi Museum. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, visit Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Nanzan University Museum of Anthropology. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nagoya Castle and Inuyama Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan (in Nagakute), The Museum Meijimura (in Inuyama) and Kobegama (in Tajimi). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, engage your brain at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MRJ MUSEUM, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and see the interesting displays at Noritake no Mori.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya attractions planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Kanazawa Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Ishikawa Aviation Plaza (in Komatsu), Katsuyama (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum & Hataya Memorial Hall Yumeole Katsuyama) and Kyuya Fukada Yama no Bunkakan (in Kaga). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Semboku

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ishiguro Samurai House, take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Matagi Shiryokan, examine the collection at Katakurikan, and then wander the streets of Kakunodate.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Semboku journey website.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Semboku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, things will get little chillier in Semboku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
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 The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Izu Highland Trick Clock Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji (in Izu) and Ito (Ikeda museum of 20th century art & Izu Glass and Craft Museum). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Semboku to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Semboku in January, with highs in Hakone-machi at 5°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Theme Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

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You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Childrens 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.