28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Himeji
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Kobe
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
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Nagano
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 4 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.
You've added Fuji-Q Highland, Burlesque Annex Yavay, Shinjuku Golden Gai, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder.

Halifax, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Halifax to Tokyo, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Halifax in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Railway Museum, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, and other attractions.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mitaki Temple, Okonomimura, Miyajima, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Canal City Hakata as well as Fukuoka Bike Tour. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): watch a film at Canal City Hakata. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a spin around town with Fukuoka Bike Tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka route builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. April in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Kobe.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Shopping

Kobe

— 1 day
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You've now added Kitano Ijinkan-gai to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then take a stroll through Kitano Ijinkan-gai, then visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally visit Kobe Harborland.

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

You can fly from Fukuoka to Kobe in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Fukuoka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Osaka

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dotombori District, America Mura, Osaka Castle, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Hozenji Yokocho and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. There's more to do: look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing website.

Getting from Kobe to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
You've added Takayama Showa Museum, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and then mix with locals at Takayama Festival (Spring). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum and then head outdoors with Mt. Nishihodakadake.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Takayama hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Events · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Matsumoto Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park as well as Zenko-ji Temple.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nagano online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 4 nights
You've added Kamakura Komachidori, Yokohama Chinatown, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo planner.

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.