28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Yokohama
— Few hours
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Uji
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
9
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
10
Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26 h
End: Paris

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Shirasato Central Beach (in Oamishirasato), Yuhi Falls (in Narita) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and look for gifts at Moshi Moshi Kimono Salon Produced by Yumenoya.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online route planner .

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Yuhi Falls, Shirasato Central Beach, Mt. Takao
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

few
hours
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 17th (Fri), take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama online tour itinerary builder .

Yokohama is just a short distance from Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

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.
Let the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa capture your imagination. Head to Gallery Otera and Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery, Kanazawafor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), Tojinbo Cliff (in Sakai) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, get outside with Gongenmori Beach, and take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour builder website .

Fly from Yokohama to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach, Gallery Otera, Tojimbo Cliff, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then visit Sanmachi Suji, and finally look for gifts at Takayama Usagiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Nishijin Textile Center. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Arashiyama, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokugawa Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Byodoin Omote-sando, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uji Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mimurotoji Temple, then explore the activities along Uji River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, then see the interesting displays at The Tale of Genji Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ujigami Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uji vacation planner.

Uji is very close to Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Uji can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Byodoin Omote-sando ©
Byodoin Omote-sando
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple ©
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery and then stop by Studio Yamato Zakura.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary planning website .

Nara is just a short distance from Uji. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Studio Yamato Zakura
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): visit Dotonbori. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Glico Museum, then examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Ishoan and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), then get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izanagi Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe online trip itinerary builder .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in August, you will find days in Kobe are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Wakayama, Izanagi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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 4th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum, then hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Himeji online trip itinerary builder .

Himeji is just a short distance from Kobe. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy Museum

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