27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
bus + train:  2​h 45​min
3
Shizuoka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
End: Fukuoka

5
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday site .

Asheville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Traveling from Asheville to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asheville in January, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujiyoshida trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 40°F by day to 37°F at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Oshino Hakkai
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©

3
nights
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and then take in nature's colorful creations at Momijiyama Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kusanagi Shrine, then delve into the lush surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and then go for a stroll along the water at Numazu Port.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shizuoka trip planning app .

Getting from Fujiyoshida to Shizuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Shizuoka: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Numazu Port, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Momijiyama Park ©
Momijiyama Park

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower, take a stroll through Sakae, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner .

Getting from Shizuoka to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Shizuoka in January, expect Nagoya to be a bit cooler, temps between 43°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nabana no Sato, Inuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey app .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Kobe

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden) and Wakayama (Wakayama Castle & Momijidani Garden). And it doesn't end there: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip site .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In January in Kobe, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Wakayama
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, then don't miss a visit to Yatai, and then make a trip to Hakata Station.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka driving holiday site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 36°F at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mojiko Retro, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

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