28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Nagano
1
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
9
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
10
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
End: Nagano

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagano: Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Plateau, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane (in Kusatsu-machi). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, explore the activities along Lake Kagami, and see the interesting displays at Sanada Treasure Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano route site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Toyama Airport, Komatsu Airport and Niigata Airport. In October in Nagano, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Chusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Chusha

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, look for gifts at Kamikochi Souvenir Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, and finally relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, visit Nawate Shopping District, examine the collection at Japan Radio Museum, then stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs, and finally explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto visit planning tool .

You can take a train from Nagano to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Daio Wasabi Farm
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Myojin Pond
Myojin Pond

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagoya by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matsumoto in November since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 49°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House) (in Shirakawa-cho) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), stop by Sanmachi Suji, and see the interesting displays at Mukashibanashi no Sato.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House)
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, then admire the natural beauty at Kurobedaira Park, then admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, and finally get great views at Shin Tembo Hiroba Rainbow Terrace. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Nisekiji Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tateyama-machi trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Takayama to Tateyama-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Tateyama-machi sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Nisekiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mikurigaike Pond
Mikurigaike Pond
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, 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 in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, view the masterpieces at ArtShop Tsukibae, see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kanazawa trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Tateyama-machi to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nanto
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

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
Hiroshima

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 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

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
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally make a trip to Oshino Hakkai. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Hakone Stoneā€paved Road, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in November, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (52°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Oshino Hakkai
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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