27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Nagoya
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sapporo
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Rome

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamogawa SeaWorld and Hakone Venetian Glass Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Sengokuhara & Pola Museum of Art), Ikspiari (in Urayasu) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder .

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Tokyo is 8 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Mt. Takao, Hase-dera Temple, Kamogawa Sea World
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toba Aquarium and Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Bay) and Ise (Ise Grand Shrine, Okage Yokocho, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planning app .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Ise
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

7
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Okura Observatory and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Noboribetsu (Oyunuma, Jigokudani, & more), Otaru (Otaru Canal, Mt.Tengu, & more) and Usuzan Ropeway (in Sobetsu-cho). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, and shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Nagoya to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nagoya in October, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru, Fukidashi Park, Niseko Annupuri
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38 ©
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Amanohashidate and Toji. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in October, with highs in Kyoto at 27°C and lows at 18°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Amanohashidate
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through Marunouchi and then admire the natural beauty at Happoen Garden.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden
Rikugien Garden ©
Rikugien Garden

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