27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
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Minamioguni-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden and then stroll around Ohori Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Fukuoka. In May in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks

Minamioguni-machi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Hirano Shoten, then test the waters at Kurokawa Onsen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hiranodai Highland Viewing Platform, and finally get great views at Senomoto Kogen.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Minamioguni-machi route planning website.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Minamioguni-machi takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Baths

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Minamioguni-machi to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle and then stroll through Mt Shosha hiking.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Himeji takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in May, you will find days in Himeji are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. There's much 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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple 3 Storey Tower, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll through Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Kyoto in May, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, visit Sakae, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Komaki. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nagoya day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Nara to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nara, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kanazawa trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
On the 4th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Bring the kids along to Matsumoto Castle and Myojin Pond. Step out of Matsumoto to go to Shiojiri and see Naraijuku, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pond Tashiro, take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and visit Nawate Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nikko Tosho-gu and Kegon Falls. There's lots more to do: walk around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, and explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nikko vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Fujiyoshida

— 3 nights
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen). On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of Fuji Safari Park, then make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suzuhara Amatersu Dai Shrine.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida visit planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Fujiyoshida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nikko in June; daily highs in Fujiyoshida reach 23°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo DisneySea. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, stop by Ginza, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Kansai travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.