28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kanazawa
— 12 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Canal City Hakata, Nishi Park, Tenjin Central Park, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins, have fun at Ohori Park, stroll around Nishi Park, stroll around Tenjin Central Park, then catch a live performance at Canal City Hakata, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jotenji Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka road trip app .

Brisbane, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in March, expect Fukuoka to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Miyajidake Shrine, Yoshinogari Historical Park
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Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

1
night
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 31st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin) and Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Daigo-ji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online vacation maker .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Kinpusenji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, make a trip to Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River, then see the interesting displays at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Shrine. On your second day here, stroll through Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, explore the galleries of Little World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, examine the collection at Toyota Kaikan Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Niimi Nankichi Memorial Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園.

Planning Nagoya trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Niimi Nankichi Memorial Museum, Little World, Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, Toyota Kaikan Museum, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Little World ©
Little World
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

12
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
D. T. Suzuki Museum and Takayama Showa Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shirakawago and Suganuma Gassho Community. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Nanto (Gokayama, Ainokura Gassho Community, & more), Sakai (Maruoka Castle, Tojinbo Cliff, & more) and Katsuyama (Echizen Tetsudo Katsuyama Station Main Building, Ski Jam Katsuyama, & more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, go for a walk through Yuki no Otani, and steep yourself in history at Kanda house.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa attractions planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Toyama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto
Highlights from your plan
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Fire Museum and Nezu Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), & more). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori Jingu Shrine, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Kinomiya Shrine, Kashima Jingu
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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