27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly + Train:  27 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Aso
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
8
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
9
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 30 min
10
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
12
Toyama
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Shinano-machi
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
14
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 30 min
15
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  27 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Ueno. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then head off the coast to Ieshima Islands.

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

You can take a train from Tokyo to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ieshima Islands ©
Ieshima Islands
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kagoshima Jingu Shrine, and then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station, then don't miss a visit to Ferris Wheel Amuran, and finally explore the world behind art at Kagoshima City Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Himeji in September since evenings lows in Kagoshima dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kagoshima Jingu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kagoshima City Museum of Art ©
Kagoshima City Museum of Art
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Ikeyama Springs, take in the views from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then get all the information you need at Chojabaru Visitor Center, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Azamidai Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Daikanbo, then take in the awesome beauty at Kuju Highland, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Aso Mizuki Meguri.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aso road trip planning website.

Drive from Kagoshima to Aso in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Kokonoe-machi, Ikeyama Springs
Highlights from your plan
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge ©
Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge
Ikeyama Springs
Ikeyama Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pick up some new knowledge with Yoshinogari Historical Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Ohori Park, kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, and then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Aso to Fukuoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Yoshinogari Historical Park, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Nijino Matsubara
Highlights from your plan
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. In October, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Fukuoka - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

1
day
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku and then enjoy breathtaking views from Magome Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Atera Valley and then snap pictures at Momosuke Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nakatsugawa day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Nakatsugawa. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in October, things will get little chillier in Nakatsugawa: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Nagiso-machi, Atera Valley
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins
Atera Valley ©
Atera Valley

2
nights
Ishigaki

Stand-Up Paddleboarding has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nakatsugawa to Ishigaki. In October, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Nakatsugawa - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagoya in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in October, with highs in Nagoya at 24°C and lows at 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya TV Tower ©
Nagoya TV Tower

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Wada House, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Takayama online tour builder.

Getting from Nagoya to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

few
hours
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
On the 13th (Fri), walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Toyama travel route planner.

You can take a train from Takayama to Toyama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Shinano-machi.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park

few
hours
Shinano-machi

Shinano-machi
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Getting from Toyama to Shinano-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Shinano-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then walk around Shinshu SkyPark (Matsumoto-daira Wide Area Park), and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online road trip planner.

Getting from Shinano-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine
Shinshu SkyPark (Matsumoto-daira Wide Area Park) ©

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker site.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Matsumoto - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) ©
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park)
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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