28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  6​h
3
Kita
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
7
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 11th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island, take in the views from Kouri Bridge, and then take in the waterfront activity at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. On the next day, kick back and relax at Kariyushi Beach, then meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Remains.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Motobu-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Motobu-cho at 67°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Kariyushi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, snap pictures at Oe Bridge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kita trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Motobu-cho to Kita. In February, Kita is little chillier than Motobu-cho - with highs of 49°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in February, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Himeji using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, make a trip to Okonomimura, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in February, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, head off the coast to Hashima Island, and stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Gokayama (in Nanto), Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanazawa Castle Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip builder tool .

Getting from Nagasaki to Kanazawa by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in March; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 52°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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