26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights

3
nights
Nagasaki

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 Dejima. Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church, steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. When traveling from Toronto in March, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Nagasaki: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Saijo (in Higashihiroshima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °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 Neighborhoods

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.
On the 20th (Wed), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): stop by Kobe Harborland, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himeji vacation planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Higashichaya Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukube Falls (in Hakusan), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, stop by Nagamachi Neighborhood, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °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 District and Tokyo National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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