27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights

3
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Visiting Kabira Bay and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Fuki Beach in Kuro-shima--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, hike along Nosoko Forest Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, and get outside with Yonehara Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In April, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Fuki Beach
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 20th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally head outdoors with Paddle Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi road trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hatsukaichi in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in April: high temperatures in Hatsukaichi hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

3
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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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Takamikura and Hattoji Furusatomura. Head to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Kobe Harborlandfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Himeji with a short trip to Mt. Kuma in Bizen, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker app.

Take a train from Hatsukaichi to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bizen, Kobe, Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

4
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Nishiki Market Shopping District. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Matsumoto Castle and Kita Yatsuga-take are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Kirigamine Marshland and Hanakomichi. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Tateshina Otaki Fall (in Chino), Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center (in Suwa) and Yachiho Highland Natural Garden (in Sakuho-machi). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, get outside with Ogahana, make a trip to Tashiro Shitsugen, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Matsumoto trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Matsumoto to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Suwa, Tateshina Otaki Fall, Kita Yatsuga-take, Hotaka Mountain Range, Yachiho Highland Natural Garden
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Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Ogahana ©
Ogahana

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Fuji and Fujinomiya Route. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Yamanakako-mura (Lake Yamanaka & Mt. Ishiwari) and Gotemba (Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course & Gotemba Premium Outlets). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, identify plant and animal life at Sankodai, hike along Momiji Tunnel, and tee off at Fuji Classic.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Matsumoto in May: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanakako-mura, Gotemba, Fujinomiya Route, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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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 Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). Step out of the city life by going to America Camp Village and Mt. Mitake. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Samuraikibun Kamakura, Kōtoku-in, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Asakusa, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mt. Mitake, America Camp Village
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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