26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Naha
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Matsue
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Bucharest

2
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sefa-Utaki and The Tower of Himeyuri. Appreciate the collections at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum and Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son), Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hamagawa Utaki, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Naha trip builder website .

Bucharest, Romania to Naha is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bucharest to Naha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bucharest in July, Naha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Itoman, Nanjo, Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
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Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima route planner .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online tour planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Itsukushima Gekijyo. Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Daishoin Temple (in Hatsukaichi). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Ishigaki in July, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adachi Museum of Art and Former Taisha Station. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Shimane Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Izumo (Karakama Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, and explore the activities along Shinji Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Matsue trip website .

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Matsue are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

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.
Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Art Postcard Gallery and Shop Kyoto Benrido. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Osaka Castle in Osaka (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planner.

Getting from Matsue to Kyoto by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow 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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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Gallery Otera and Amanatto Kawamurafor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, and examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ainokura Gassho Community, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Harajuku Takeshita-dori. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama) and Sankeien Gardens (in Naka). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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