27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 1 night
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 29th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, and get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning website .

Newark, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Newark in April, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much warmer, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, then head off the coast to Hashima Island, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, expect Nagasaki to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online route planner .

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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 6th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji online holiday planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sumiyoshi Shrine, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip maker website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Kanazawa hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
On the 15th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), then admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): stop by Hanakomichi and then walk around Azumino Chihiro Park.

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You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Azumino Chihiro Park
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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 20th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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