26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Train:  16​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London


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4
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.
Gion and Nijo-jo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Monkey Park Iwatayama and Mt. Kurama will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Kyoto. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Nara Park and Universal Studios Japan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Mt. Wakakusa), Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Chinatown (Nankinmachi), & more) and Mount Koyasan (in Koya-cho). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), look for gifts at Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka route planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara, Mt. Koya
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate itinerary tool .

Getting from Osaka to Hakodate by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Osaka in November, things will get little chillier in Hakodate: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu attractions site .

Drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Susukino and Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Otaru Canal and Lake Shikotsu. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Okura Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa, and explore the striking landscape of Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip website .

Drive from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in November: highs in Sapporo hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Shikotsu, Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa

1
night
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 26th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, and then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Asahikawa attractions planning site .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in November, expect Asahikawa to be little chillier, temps between 2°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Theme Parks Parks Winter Sports
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Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Beach and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip planner .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Shari-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in November: highs in Shari-cho hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Tsukiji Market. Take a break from the city and head to Ueno Zoo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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