28 days in Germany & Japan Itinerary

28 days in Germany & Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Germany & Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h
1
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
5
Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
6
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  18​h
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada


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3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Schack-Galerie. Explore hidden gems such as Zugspitze and Viktualienmarkt. Venture out of the city with trips to Partnachklamm (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace, stop by Ingo Maurer Showroom, view the masterpieces at Galerie Hegemann, and browse the fresh offerings at Markt am Wiener Platz.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Munich itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Munich is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in March, expect nights in Munich to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt, steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then make a trip to Vieille Ville, and finally examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Marienburg Fortress, then explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, and finally do a tasting at Weingut Juliusspital.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rothenburg online route planner .

Getting from Munich to Rothenburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

2
nights
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 21st (Sat), browse the different shops at Trier Galerie, explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, look for gifts at Rituals, then hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mathias Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Gangolf, then take an in-depth tour of Kirche Saint Gangolf, then learn about winemaking at Weinstube Kesselstatt, and finally examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum).

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Trier tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Trier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Shopping Wineries
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Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Hauptmarkt ©
Hauptmarkt

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Shop till you drop at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Jungfernstieg. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) and Speicherstadt. Step out of Hamburg to go to Lubeck and see Rotter Glas - Crystal since 1870, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Michaelis, steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel, take in the exciting artwork at Red Gallery, and explore the activities along Port of Hamburg.

Plan trip to Hamburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Trier to Hamburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In March, daytime highs in Hamburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lubeck
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

3
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Frauenkirche and From Monet to Klimt. Head to Tradition & Form and Elbeparkfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, get into the urban bustle at Kulturpalast Dresden, explore the historical opulence of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz, and see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dresden road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Hamburg to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamonmuseum and Topographie des Terrors. Head to Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) and Boxoffberlinfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, take a stroll through Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Potsdamer Platz.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin day trip planner .

You can take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Potsdamer Platz ©
Potsdamer Platz

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Hiroshima takes 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Berlin to Hiroshima, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Head to Kyoto Station Building and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyofor plenty of shopping. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotonbori in Osaka, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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 and Minato Mirai 21. Shop till you drop at Takeshita Street and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Ginza, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and stop by Wa Space.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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