26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + subway + train:  12​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
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 out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima online journey planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hiroshima is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:
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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
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Awaga Shrine (in Asago). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Himeji are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura, Awaga Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online day trip planner .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in July, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Gongenmori Beach, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 17:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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