28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Madrid
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  18​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Narusawa-mura
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
7
Kita
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  6​h
8
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Madrid

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip app .

Madrid, Spain to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Hiroshima hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

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

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 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planning website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Himeji, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

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

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Himeji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Kanazawa Castle Park, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Narusawa-mura: Fuji-Q Highland (in Fujiyoshida) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Mount Fuji and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Narusawa-mura holiday planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Narusawa-mura in 2 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Narusawa-mura, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

3
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: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, snap pictures at Oe Bridge, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Narusawa-mura to Kita. While traveling from Narusawa-mura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kita, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

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

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naha (Makishi Public Market, Kokusaidori, & more), Nakijin-son (Kouri-jima Island & Kouri Bridge) and Onna-son (Kariyushi Beach & Cape Manzamo). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kita to Motobu-cho. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Naha, Onna-son, Kouri Ohashi, Nago Pineapple Park
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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