28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 night
Drive
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Shimokitazawa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fujiko F Fujio Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and have fun at teamLab☆Planets.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, trek along Odashirogahara, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jiunji Temple. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue, savor the flavors at Katayama Shuzo, look for gifts at Nikko Okaki Factory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nikko road trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, then kick back and relax at Morito Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morito Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakuonji Temple, explore the world behind art at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura Museum, steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamakura Hiking Trails, then examine the collection at Kamakura Kitchoan Museum, and finally stop by Toshimaya Honten.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kamakura online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Kamakura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

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.
You'll explore and learn at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History and TOTO Museum. Popular historic sites such as Nanzoin and Hakozaki Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Old Ito Denemon House (in Iizuka) and Mt Sarakura (in Kitakyushu). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashii-gu, look for gifts at Kawabatadori Shopping Street, and take in the exciting artwork at Acros Fukuoka.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Kamakura to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or drive. When traveling from Kamakura in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Fukuoka, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senjokaku and Itsukushima Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Peace Flame. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Hatsukaichi to see Misen Wild Woods about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, view the masterpieces at Schmoe House, examine the collection at Mazda Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 16th (Thu), shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, stop by Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, steep yourself in history at Rokkaku Kyozo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Kondomae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Make your Nara itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nara are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online holiday planner.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in September, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, get a taste of the local shopping with teamLab Borderless, then engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally take a stroll through Ueno District. Keep things going the next day: stop by Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, then stop by Kagurazaka, and then relax and rejuvenate at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas

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.