26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
3
Sapporo
— 4 nights
4
Nagoya
— 6 nights
5
Matsue
— 2 nights
6
Fukuoka
— 5 nights
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights


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1
night
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.
On the 11th (Wed), visit Odaiba District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower and then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, and then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Explore hidden gems such as The Hokkaido University Museum and Thermal Spas. Sapporo Clock Tower and Susukino are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and admire the landmark architecture of Former Entomology Lab.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo online route planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

6
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ise Shrine Geku and Tokugawa Art Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Tsukiyominomiya and Hosho-in (Osu Kannon). Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Okage Yokocho & Okageza). There's more to do: make a trip to Osu Shopping Street and shop like a local with Sakae.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip builder site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Nagoya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sapporo in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Nagoya: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ise
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sakae
Sakae
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, thenexplore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, thenget your bearings at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Matsue sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Nagoya to Matsue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Yasugi, Shinji Lake
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Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History and Hakozaki Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Nanzoin and Fukuoka City Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kanmon Bridge (in Shimonoseki), Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu) and Iki (Iki City Ikikoku Museum, Kuyoshihama Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Munakata Shrine, steep yourself in history at Former Takatori House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shokoji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka driving holiday planner.

Fly from Matsue to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Fukuoka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Iki, Munakata, Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, Former Takatori House, Kanmon Bridge
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Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 2nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, thentake a stroll through Ginza, thenexplore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally visit Akihabara. Keep things going the next day: get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, wander the streets of Asakusa, and then get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ginza ©
Ginza

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