27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Frankfurt

9
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder app .

Frankfurt, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Frankfurt to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Frankfurt in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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

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.
Himeji is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll around Ueno Park, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and then wander the streets of Akihabara.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planning site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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