26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 1 night
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Shirakawa
— 1 day
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka vacation planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Osaka is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Osaka. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, then identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, then stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Nara, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gongenmori Beach and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan). Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & Nagase house) and Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), visit Sanmachi Suji, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takayama attractions website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Takayama sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Fukushima Prefecture Cultural Center Shirakawa-kan (Mahoron), explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, and then trek along Nishinosato Promenade.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shirakawa journey planner.

Drive from Takayama to Shirakawa in 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Takayama in July: highs in Shirakawa hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kinugawa River Source and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kirikomiko Karikomiko.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nikko visit planner.

Drive from Shirakawa to Nikko in 1.5 hours. July in Nikko sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mount Fuji and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Escape the urban bustle at Tatadohama Beach and Moroiso Shores. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Otago Beach (in Nishiizu-cho), Kisami Ohama Beach (in Shimoda) and Morito Beach (in Hayama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Marudake.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nikko in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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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.
Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo Disneyland, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey builder site.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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