28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Train to Chūbu Centrair, Fly to Akita
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Akita
— 2 nights
Train
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Semboku
— 1 night
Train
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Aomori
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Asakusa Shrine and Kyu-Furukawa Gardens will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In November, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Johannesburg - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

2
nights
Fukuoka

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.
Nanzoin and Hakozaki Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Marinoa City Fukuoka and Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more), Old Ito Denemon House (in Iizuka) and Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin (in Itoshima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, take in the exciting artwork at Hakata Doll Shop Shogetsudo, and explore the wide array of goods at Iwataya Honten.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka journey planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Fukuoka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

2
nights
Hiroshima

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 day by day itinerary now includes Okunoshima Island. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then contemplate the long history of Peace Flame. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Schmoe House, step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): shop like a local with Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

5
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ginkakuji Temple, Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto and Kyoto Samurai Experience. Visit Nijo Castle and Shimogamo Jinja for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple and Nanzenji Suirokaku. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine in Otsu--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and get great views at Sagano.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip site.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Classes

Side Trip

2
nights
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 7th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Kanda house, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days in Takayama, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

2
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Akita

The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Itaba no Dai, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kampu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road, then hit the slopes at Mt. Taiheizan Ski Area Opus, and finally examine the collection at Mining Museum of Akita University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Akita Public Market, then look for gifts at Akita Kensanhin Plaza, and then take an in-depth tour of Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Akita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in December, expect Akita to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Akita

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

1
night
Semboku

Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Semboku trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Akita to Semboku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aomori.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

1
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Aomori

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You've now added Hirosaki Apple Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): browse the different shops at Auga, browse the different shops at A-FACTORY, savor the flavors at JA Tsuruga Mirai Sanchoku Center Hiraka, stroll through Hirosaki Apple Park, then experience rural life at Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Inakadatemura Village Office, Observation Deck & Cultural Hall. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, explore the world behind art at Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum, then explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aomori journey planner.

Traveling by train from Semboku to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

2
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Tokyo

You've now added Akihabara to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo, take a stroll through Akihabara, and then relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ueno District, admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, then look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, then shop like a local with Ginza, and finally browse for treasures at Japan Sword.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aomori to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aomori in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games

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.