27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia visit planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gotemba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive
8
Nishiizu-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Numazu
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Tower and Meiji Jingu Shrine. There's lots more to do: stop by Odaiba District, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in September, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Kinkaku-ji. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka, approximately Osaka away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Attractions like Himeji Castle and Ninja-Do make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more) and Koko-en (in Himeji). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and shop like a local with Dotombori District.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online travel route planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Bring the kids along to Hiroshima Castle and Asa Zoological Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Senjokaku (in Hatsukaichi), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Hiroshima Children's Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Hiroshima Orizuru Tower, look for gifts at Monokoto Store, and pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph and then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Gotemba.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Gotemba

— 3 nights
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Gotemba Premium Outlets has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Mount Fuji and Waketamaike Spring make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Gotemba's surroundings by going to Oiso Long Beach (in Oiso-machi), Mount Fuji Children's World (in Fuji) and Sagami Lake Resort Pleasure Forest (in Sagamihara). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Fureai Pool Tamaho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suyama Sengen Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, and explore the striking landscape at Komakado Kazaana Cave.

Before you visit Gotemba, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Gotemba in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in September, expect nights in Gotemba to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Gotemba

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shimoda

— 1 night
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 21st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimoda route website.

Getting from Gotemba to Shimoda by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gotemba in September; daily highs in Shimoda reach 30°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Nishiizu-cho.

Things to do in Shimoda

Museums

Side Trip

Nishiizu-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get great views at Koibito Misaki Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Futo Beach, step off the mainland to explore Dogashima Island, then take some stellar pictures from Dogashima Tensodo Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Otago Beach, and finally look for gifts at Wasabi no Eki.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nishiizu-cho holiday planning tool.

Drive from Shimoda to Nishiizu-cho in 1.5 hours. September in Nishiizu-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Numazu.

Things to do in Nishiizu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Numazu

— 3 nights
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Kids will enjoy Ita Beach and Mihamasaki Cape. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Numazu: Hamamatsu Air Park (in Hamamatsu), Shizuoka (Kunozan Toshogu Shrine & Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach)) and Atami (Kinomiya Shrine & Atami Sun Beach). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Izu Mito Sea Paradise, stroll through Senbonhama Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Numazu Port, and meet the residents at Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Numazu road trip tool.

Getting from Nishiizu-cho to Numazu by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Shizuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.HistoryShizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.GeographyShizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

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