27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-In Hall, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Awaga Shrine (in Asago) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Takayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Daisen Outlook, Awaga Shrine, Mt. Kuma
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Takayama. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi, Matsumoto Castle
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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