28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Kamakura
— 1 night
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Nikko
— 1 night
Drive
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Fuji
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise
Drive
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
11
Osaka
— 2 nights
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12
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 day
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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 the city and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mejiro no Mori. Museum-lovers will get to explore teamLab☆Planets and Mori Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sugimotodera Temple, contemplate the long history of Jōdo-shū Daihonzan Kōmyōji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Yukinosita Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Morito Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Morito Beach, get engrossed in the history at Kamakura Museum of National Treasures, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally hike along Kamakura Hiking Trails.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kamakura road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 night
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kamakura to Nikko in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Fuji

— 1 night
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Yakisoba Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nikko to Fuji in 4 hours. In July in Fuji, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ise trip planner.

You can drive from Fuji to Ise in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ise are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will leave for Nagoya on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, then admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bansho-ji Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagoya day trip planning website.

Drive from Ise to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Ise in July, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama online itinerary maker.

Getting from Nagoya to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, visit In Kanazawa House, then examine the collection at Dolls Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Kurama and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, stop by Gion, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park.

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

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Nara, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery, admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, enjoy the sand and surf at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally visit Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Omae Beach Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Koshien History Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senjokaku and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Step out of Hiroshima to go to Hatsukaichi and see Itsukushima Shrine, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and make a trip to Peace Flame.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planning website.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 1 day

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, relax and rejuvenate at Inasayama Onsen Fuku no yu, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip maker site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Tegarayama Exchange Station, admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiromine Shrine, then take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle and then examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online tour planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Himeji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Get some historical perspective at Sengaku-ji Temple and University of Tokyo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Jindai-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kichijoji (in Musashino) and Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose). Enjoy Tokyo some more: explore the world behind art at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, take a stroll through Shibuya Center-gai, stroll around Kitanomaru Park, and stop by Akihabara.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.