27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary website .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. In April, Hiroshima is somewhat warmer than Copenhagen - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Koya-cho
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Matsumoto

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, examine the collection at Japan Radio Museum, then don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then get to know the resident critters at Matsumoto Alps Park, then relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, and finally take in the views from Kappa Bashi.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Matsumoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Matsumoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Fun & Games Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online road trip planner .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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