26 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

26 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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26 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tateyama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
4
Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
6
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
7
Himeji, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  30​min
8
Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
9
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
10
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
11
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
12
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
13
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
14
Yokohama, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  30​min
15
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mori Art Museum, Ginza and Tokyo DisneySea. Venture out of the city with trips to Mother Farm (in Futtsu) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder website .

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Tokyo are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Tateyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea, Mother Farm
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ginza ©
Ginza
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

2
nights
Tateyama, Japan

Tateyama ©
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. You've added Shore Station Tateyama, Aloha Garden Tateyama, Mt. Nokogiri, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get answers to all your questions at Shore Station Tateyama, take in the dramatic natural features at Oki no Shima, make a trip to Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum), walk around Shiroyama Park, then contemplate the long history of Awa Jinja, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aloha Garden Tateyama. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Nagoji Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nokogiri.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tateyama trip planning app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Tateyama in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tokyo in March since evenings lows in Tateyama dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Nokogiri
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Mt. Nokogiri ©
Mt. Nokogiri
Awa Jinja ©
Awa Jinja
Shiroyama Park ©
Shiroyama Park

2
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Little Prince Museum, Tenkakudai and Owaku-dani Valley. Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Fujikawaguchiko-machi and see Lake Kawaguchi, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, go for a walk through Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Tateyama to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tateyama in March; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 9°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), Nagoya City Science Museum and Oasis 21. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Oasis 21, then get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nagoya travel route builder tool .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Arashiyama has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip app .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.
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Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
Kobe, Japan

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planner.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In March, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will leave for Himeji on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
day
Himeji, Japan

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.
You've now added Mt Shosha hiking to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): hike along Mt Shosha hiking, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking

2
nights
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mt. Rokko, Kobe Harborland, Kobe Port Tower, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally visit Kobe Harborland. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko.

To see other places to visit, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe holiday planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Himeji. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Osaka, Japan

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 other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planning site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You'll set off for Nara on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nigatsu-do Temple, Yoshikien and Mt. Wakakusa. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Kobe to Nara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
On the 15th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, make a trip to Shinsekai, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Hong Kong takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Osaka, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Planning Tokyo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo. Traveling from Hong Kong in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Yokohama.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

1
day
Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Yokohama Chinatown, Sankeien Gardens, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sankeien Gardens, visit Yokohama Chinatown, get your bearings at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then take in the pleasant sights at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and finally shop like a local with Minato Mirai 21.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip maker app .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In March, daytime highs in Yokohama are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

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nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless, Tokyo Skytree, Umihotaru, and other attractions you added. On the 22nd (Sun), take a stroll through Odaiba, then take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless, and then snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Asakusa, stroll around Ueno Park, then take a stroll through Akihabara, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, and finally browse the different shops at Umihotaru.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Tokyo is just a stone's throw from Yokohama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Umihotaru
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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