28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Narita
Drive:  3​h
1
Nikko
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Okayama
— Few hours
train:  1​h
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h
12
Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
13
Tokyo
— 5 nights
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): go for a walk through Senjogahara Field. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko online trip maker .

Narita to Nikko is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Narita in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Nikko. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, and then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto sightseeing app .

You can drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Nikko in October, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Kappa Bashi ©
Kappa Bashi

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum and then indulge your taste buds at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama driving holiday app .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Nagoya Castle (in Nagoya). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker website .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nagoya Castle, Ise Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Osaka

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Ninja-Do, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll set off for Himeji on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

few
hours
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.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

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

few
hours
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Okayama driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in November, Okayama is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Museums

Side Trip

Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Highlights from your plan
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the 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

2
nights
Nagasaki

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and finally take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Virgin Mary Statue on the Cape, stroll the grounds of Grave of Shunkansozu, head off the coast to Hashima Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka vacation maker website .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirouzu Oike Park, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

3
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Explore Fujiyoshida's surroundings by going to Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura) and Spas (in Yamanashi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Mount Fuji, get a new perspective on nature at Fujisan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, and stroll through Arakurayama Sengen Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Fukuoka to Fujiyoshida in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Fukuoka in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spas, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Mount Fuji, Oshino Hakkai
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Spas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kamakura (KĊtoku-in, Samuraikibun Kamakura, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planning site .

Traveling by bus from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujiyoshida in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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