27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  11​h 30​min
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Kushimoto-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Shingu
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
11
Toyooka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Minami Chita Beach Land, then take in the pleasant sights at Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, and then stroll through Tsuruma Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya day trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagoya is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagoya due to the time zone difference. In September, Nagoya is a bit cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minami Chita Beach Land, Tokoname City Pottery Footpath
Highlights from your plan
Minami Chita Beach Land ©
Minami Chita Beach Land
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, see the interesting displays at Himeji City Museum of Literature, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimmaiko Beach, and finally make a trip to Shuen-tei. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kameyama Gobo Hontokuji Temple, step off the mainland to explore Ieshima Islands, and then step off the mainland to explore Ie-shima.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himeji road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Tatsuno
Highlights from your plan
Ie-shima ©
Ie-shima
Ieshima Islands ©
Ieshima Islands
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take a stroll through Pontocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, explore the historical opulence of Ueno Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Genkuroinari Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Heijokyu Ruins.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary app .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September in Nara, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Iga, Genkuroinari Shrine, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izanagi Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onokorojima Shrine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Awaji Farm Park England Hill.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe day trip website .

Drive from Nara to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Minamiawaji, Izanagi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Awaji Farm Park England Hill ©
Awaji Farm Park England Hill
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 13th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and finally get great views at Sagano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally wander the streets of Pontocho.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planning tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kobe in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miedo Temple and then don't miss a visit to Hojoin Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Odaigahara.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Senjojiki, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University, and then examine the collection at Minakata Kumagusu Museum. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Tanabe Ogigahama Swimming Beach, then go for a stroll along the water at Shirahama Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Sansho Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tanabe online day trip planner .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Tanabe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Tanabe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kushimoto-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
Highlights from your plan
Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University ©
Senjojiki
Senjojiki
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach

2
nights
Kushimoto-cho

Kushimoto-cho ©
On the 20th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Shiono Cape Tourist Tower, then get great views at Shiono Cape Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Shionomisaki, and finally get great views at Ichimai-iwa. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kushimoto Marine Park Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall, then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, and finally see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kushimoto-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Kushimoto-cho takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kushimoto-cho can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Shingu.

Things to do in Kushimoto-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taiji Whale Museum, Ichimai-iwa
Highlights from your plan
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock
Taiji Whale Museum ©
Taiji Whale Museum
Shiono Cape Tourist Tower ©
Shiono Cape Tourist Tower

2
nights
Shingu

Shingu ©
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the waterfront activity at Kinomatsushima Island, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Shingu trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kushimoto-cho to Shingu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Toyooka.

Things to do in Shingu

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho, Dorokyo
Highlights from your plan
Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 24th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, go for a stroll along the water at Takeno Coast, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Kotobikihama, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amano Hashidate Beach, and then take in the views from Kaisenkyo Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Toyooka road trip website .

You can drive from Shingu to Toyooka in 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Shingu in September; daily highs in Toyooka reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Miyazu, Takeda Castle Ruins, Kotobikihama, Daijoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

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