28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online holiday planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from San Juan to Tokyo, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Venture out of the city with trips to Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura), Hokuto (Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen & Yatsugatake Kogen Bridge) and Abe Great Waterfall (in Shizuoka). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mount Fuji, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planning website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hokuto, Abe Great Waterfall, Fuji-Q Highland, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Sanmachi Suji, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gongenmori Beach, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto journey maker app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
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 7th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and then don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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