26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Naha
— 2 nights
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
5
Matsue
— 3 nights
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights

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.
Head to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Marketfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Shurijo Castle. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & The Tower of Himeyuri) and Nanjo (Hamagawa Utaki & Sefa-Utaki). There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and examine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha trip planning site.

Bucharest, Romania to Naha is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bucharest to Naha. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naha when traveling from Bucharest in July, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Itoman, Nanjo, Katsuren Castle Ruins, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, 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): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, thentake in the views from Irabu Ohashi, thentake in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenhead outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, and finally make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Miyakojima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Pinion Direct Shop, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and then get outside with Kondoi Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Daishoin Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Hiroshima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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.
Appreciate the collections at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Adachi Museum of Art. Explore hidden gems such as Hinomisaki Shrine and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsue: Izumo (Tateiwa Shrine, Karakama Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, and make a trip to Matsue Castle.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Matsue tour itinerary website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Matsue sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
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Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Art Postcard Gallery and Shop Kyoto Benridofor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Jishu Shrine in Otsu (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nijo Castle, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. For shopping fun, head to Gallery Otera or Amanatto Kawamura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ainokura Gassho Community and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa vacation maker site.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Gallery Otera, 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Asakusa Shrine. Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Sankeien Gardens in Yokohama, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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