28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless as well as Unko Museum Tokyo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Okada Museum of Art and Subway Museum. Let the collections at Hakone Museum of Art and Katsushika Shibamata Torasan Memorial Hall capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Choanji Temple (in Hakone-machi). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at ARONA SPA, examine the collection at Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall, explore the world behind art at Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, and stop by Kitashinagawa Shopping Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Dolls Museum and Fukui City Griffis Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) and Yatsuo no Machinami. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui (Asuwa Shrine, Keya Kurotatsu Shrine, &more), Nanto (Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple & Iwase Family) and Toyama (Shiratori Castle Ruin, Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Motorcar Museum of Japan, stop by Teramachi District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sonko-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Dokidoki Kyoryu Hakkutsu Land.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Hirayu Fall, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, browse the exhibits of Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, snap pictures at Nakabashi Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and finally visit Ogimachi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Hida Bussankan, get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip site.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kids will enjoy Nagoya City Museum and Arimatsu no Machinami. Head to Mozo Wonder City and Ayabe Utsuwateifor plenty of shopping. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Tajimi (Kokeizan Eihoji Temple & Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Tsubaki Fish Market, and browse the range of quality goods at Matsuzakaya Nagoya.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya day trip planning site.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nikko

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll around Nikko Daiyagawa Park, stop by Nikko Okaki Factory, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sainoko Lake, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Okumiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Unryukeikoku Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Setoai-kyo Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hotokeiwa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, then explore the galleries of Kanaya Hotel History House, and finally admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls.

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Traveling by train from Nagoya to Nikko takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Tokyo

— 7 nights
Kids will enjoy Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Fire Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Yokohama Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Kakuonji Temple, &more), Koajiro Forest (in Miura) and Enoshima Sea Candle (in Fujisawa). See even more of Tokyo: relax and rejuvenate at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiba Daijingu, and explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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.