26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  18​h
1
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Glover Garden and Catholic Church Hongouchi. Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church, and examine the collection at Dejima.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Nagasaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Nagasaki. Traveling from Toronto in March, you will find days in Nagasaki are much warmer (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Sōfuku-ji Temple ©
Sōfuku-ji Temple

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Miyajima, & more) and Saijo (in Higashihiroshima). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour builder .

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Saijo
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle. On your second day here, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some cultural insight at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Higashichaya Old Town. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Fukube Falls (in Hakusan), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Sanmachi Suji, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, wander the streets of Gokayama, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fukube Falls, Gokayama
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7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Akihabara. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), & more) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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