28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
4
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Narusawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Istanbul

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajima, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. Traveling from Istanbul to Hiroshima, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in October since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Osaka Castle) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

Plan my Kyoto trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Mikurigaike Pond (in Tateyama-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Tojinbo Cliff, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa sightseeing tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Takayama Jinya, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Tojinbo Cliff
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tojinbo Cliff ©
Tojinbo Cliff

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Step out of the city life by going to Akan National Park and Lake Mashu. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, stroll through Suigo Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lake Kussharo Sand Bath, and hike along Wakoto Natural Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Teshikaga-cho by combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, expect Teshikaga-cho to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Akan-Mashu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Visiting Shiretoko Beach and Shiretoko Goko Lake will get you outdoors. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Abashiri Quasi-National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, soak in some Japanese tradition at Utoro Onsen, and get engrossed in the history at Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

2
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Go for a jaunt from Narusawa-mura to Fujikawaguchiko-machi to see Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge about 38 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. There's more to do: explore the activities along Saiko Lake.

Plan my day in Narusawa-mura using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Shari-cho to Narusawa-mura with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in November, with highs in Narusawa-mura at 13°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

7
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.
Have a day of magic on the 19th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Narusawa-mura to Tokyo in 2 hours. While traveling from Narusawa-mura, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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