26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Osaka
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka vacation maker app.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Osaka is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in March, with highs in Osaka at 16°C and lows at 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

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.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, and stop by Gion.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kankeiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Takayama to Nagano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Nagano are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Fuji Mount Real Kart Kawaguchiko has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll around Oishi Park, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, then head outdoors with Fuji Mount Real Kart Kawaguchiko, and finally make a trip to Kawaguchiko Station Bldg..

Make your Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Nagano to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nagano in March since evenings lows in Fujikawaguchiko-machi dip to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

7
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Hitokotonushi Shrine (in Gose), Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Koko-en, &more) and Nara (Nara City Museum of Photography, Manyo Botanical Garden, &more). Enjoy Osaka some more: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, get your game on at Kimono Photo Studio Plaza Ai, and stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji, Honko-ji Temple, Duskin Honsha 2F Terrace
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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