27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  17​h
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Nanao
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Wajima
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Kanazawa
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
9
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
10
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yatai, Ohori Park, Kushida Shrine, and other attractions you added. On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to Ramen Stadium.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka vacation tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Fukuoka is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in May; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Tochoji Temple ©
Tochoji Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atomic Bomb Dome as well as Hiroshima Castle. On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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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

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.
You've added Minoo Park, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Pokemon Center Osaka, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Nigatsu-do Temple in Nara, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Minoo Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tofuku-ji Temple as well as Bamboo Forest Street. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Nijo Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 20th (Mon), stroll around Kenrokuen Garden and then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, then take a stroll through Nagamachi District, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for Nanao.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

1
night
Nanao

Nanao ©
Located in the heart of Noto Peninsula, Nanao offers tourists a laid-back getaway and scenic nature spots.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Notojima Aquarium.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nanao trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nanao takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nanao are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wajima.

Things to do in Nanao

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Notojima Aquarium ©
Notojima Aquarium

1
night
Wajima

Wajima ©
Situated in the isolated north of the hilly Noto Peninsula, Wajima attracts visitors with its many museums, festivals, and shops that showcase its rich cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Shiroyone Semmaida.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wajima trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Nanao to Wajima takes 1.5 hours. In May in Wajima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), you're off toKanazawa.
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Shiroyone Semmaida ©
Shiroyone Semmaida

few
hours
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Wajima to Kanazawa in 2 hours. You'll set off for Takayama on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Owaku-dani Valley, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then don't miss a visit to Odawara Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kinomiya Shrine, Odawara Castle
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Sankeien Gardens (in Naka) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online vacation maker .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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