28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
9
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Okinawa City

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip website.

Okinawa City to Tokyo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Isehara (Oyama Afuri Shrine & Oyama Temple) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ide Sake Brewery, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip maker app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Classes · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

5
nights
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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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Koya-cho

On the 4th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kuriyama Family Residence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple.

Plan trip to Koya-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

3
nights
Osaka

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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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.
On the 9th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Sato Fruit Kobo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Himeji online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Nagasaki

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.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Dejima, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagasaki driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.