28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Yamagata
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
3
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kyoto
4
Kyoto
— 8 nights
Train
5
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly

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4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden and Tokyo National Museum. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, wander the streets of Akihabara, and admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Fun & Games

3
nights
Yamagata

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okama Crater and Basho Monument. Go for a jaunt from Yamagata to Zao-machi to see Mt. Katta about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Yamagata Museum of Art, make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, and head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamagata online travel route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamagata by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Yamagata at 65°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and Sengokuhara. When in Hakone-machi, make a side trip to see Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, approximately Fujikawaguchiko-machi away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, get outside with Hakone Skyline, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Yamagata to Hakone-machi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Yamagata in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 59°F in Hakone-machi. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Walking tours. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto route planning app.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

3
nights
Takamatsu

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Explore hidden gems such as Thermal Spas and Negoroji Temple. When in Takamatsu, make a side trip to see Old Shizutani School in Bizen, approximately Bizen away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, steep yourself in history at Kikugetsutei, take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozaiji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Takamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

5
nights
Tokyo

Discover out-of-the-way places like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Nezu Museum. Explore Tokyo further: take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top, admire the natural beauty at Former Shiba Rikyu Gardens, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshogu Shrine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Takamatsu to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

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.