27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and visit Odaiba District.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route builder tool.

Santiago, Chile to Tokyo is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Tokyo is 13 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, and walk around Nagao Castle Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagasaki tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more) and Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and make a trip to Okonomimura.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen) and Kobe (Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately Osaka away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, stop by Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and head outdoors with Gongenmori Beach.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.