27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Hakone-machi (Tenkakudai, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planning site .

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto 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 (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Nagase house, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, make a trip to Otemae Street, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Himeji online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Tottori Sand Dunes, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

7
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 22:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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