27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
3
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
5
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Uchiko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Shingu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
12
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
13
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
14
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo


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2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Kumamoto (Kumamoto Castle & Suizenji Jojuen Garden) and Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World umino-nakamichi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and make a trip to Hakata Station.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka online trip builder .

If you are flying in from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the closest major airport is Fukuoka Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kumamoto, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle

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nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kagoshima City Aquarium, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, make a trip to Tenmonkan, and then take an in-depth tour of Chiran Peace Museum.

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You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chiran Peace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Senganen ©
Senganen
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip builder app .

Getting from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Kagoshima in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hiroshima, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, make a trip to Akakabocha, admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun, then admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, and finally head off the coast to Naoshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Naoshima Hall, then see the interesting displays at Ando Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Takamasu Port and then take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takamatsu tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Marugame Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

1
night
Uchiko-cho

Uchiko-cho ©
On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the views at Izumidani Terraces, look for gifts at Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, then contemplate the long history of Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, then take an in-depth tour of Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uchiko-cho attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Uchiko-cho takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum ©
Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum

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nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Venture out of the city with trips to Imabari (Oyamazumi Shrine, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, & more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, and admire the landmark architecture of Bansuiso.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Uchiko-cho to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Imabari, Ehime Tobe Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Thermal Spas

3
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.
Step out of Osaka to go to Himeji and see Himeji Castle, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Matsuyama to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shingu.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
nights
Shingu

Shingu ©
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, don't miss a visit to Ruins of Shingu Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, and then don't miss a visit to Asuka Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shingu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Shingu in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shingu when traveling from Osaka in April, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Shingu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nachikatsura-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

1
night
Nara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nara road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Shingu to Nara in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 22nd (Wed), make a trip to Omicho Market, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
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.
To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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