26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 1 night
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
5
Nagano
— 2 nights
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
8
Osaka
— 7 nights

1
night
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.
To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka route maker site.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker site.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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 Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Takayama road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, delve into the lush surroundings at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kankeiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagano trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Takayama to Nagano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Nagano are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You've now added Fuji Mount Real Kart Kawaguchiko to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): walk around Oishi Park, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, then head outdoors with Fuji Mount Real Kart Kawaguchiko, and finally don't miss a visit to Kawaguchiko Station Bldg..

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nagano in March since evenings lows in Fujikawaguchiko-machi dip to 7°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

5
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

7
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Hitokotonushi Shrine (in Gose), Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Koko-en, &more) and Nara (Nara City Museum of Photography, Manyo Botanical Garden, &more). Explore Osaka further: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji, Hitokotonushi Shrine, Duskin Honsha 2F Terrace
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 3:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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