27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Fukushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Kitashiobara-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Atomic Bomb Dome are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Mikasahama Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Brisbane to Hiroshima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in March; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise), Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more) and Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Ise Shrine Geku, Koyasan Okunoin, Himeji Castle
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kanda house. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally take an in-depth tour of Takayama Museum of History and Art.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Takayama trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Classes

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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 6th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Komatsu, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Suganuma Gassho Community
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Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza ©
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza

5
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.
KidZania Tokyo and Fukagawa Edo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Stone‐paved Road) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kencho-ji Temple
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Get some historical perspective at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha and Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matsushiro and Sanada House. Change things up with a short trip to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Yamanouchi-machi (about 1 hour away). It doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Nozawaonsen-mura, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagano, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

2
nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Fukushima City Minka-en, then head outdoors with Nakanofudoson, and then go for a walk through Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum, contemplate the waterfront views at Bikki Numa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jododaira Wetland, and finally steep yourself in history at Fukushima Inari Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fukushima itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Fukushima takes 5 hours. April in Fukushima sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura
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Fukushima City Minka-en ©
Fukushima City Minka-en
Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum ©
Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum
Fukushima Inari Shrine ©
Fukushima Inari Shrine

2
nights
Kitashiobara-mura

Kitashiobara-mura ©
On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Mt. Bandai 3d World, explore the activities along Goshikinuma Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, then get engrossed in the history at Mt. Bandai Eruption Museum, and finally go for a walk through Yanagi Numa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kai Honke Kurazashiki, see the interesting displays at Kitakata Ramen Museum & Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganjoji Temple, then explore the activities along Oguninuma, and finally explore the activities along Aonuma.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kitashiobara-mura trip maker tool .

Getting from Fukushima to Kitashiobara-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kitashiobara-mura can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kitakata
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Goshikinuma Lake ©
Goshikinuma Lake
Ganjoji Temple ©
Ganjoji Temple
Kitakata Ramen Museum & Shrine ©
Kitakata Ramen Museum & Shrine

3
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 19th (Sun), browse the exhibits of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kaihi Clinic Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sanbon Yaridake Moutain. Keep things going the next day: trek along Keyaki no Mori Walks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kitashiobara-mura to Aizuwakamatsu by car takes about 1.5 hours. April in Aizuwakamatsu sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Koriyama, Hikudari Kannondo, Sanbon Yaridake Moutain
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Tsuruga Castle ©
Tsuruga Castle

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