28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ashikaga Flower Park and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Banna-ji Temple (in Ashikaga), Sakura no yama Park (in Narita) and Yokohama (Yokohama Landmark Tower & Sky Garden). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip builder .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo. Traveling from Montreal in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ashikaga, Sakura no yama Park
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Takato Castle Remains Park and Chureito Pagoda. Venture out of the city with trips to Arakurayama Sengen Park (in Fujiyoshida) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: stroll through Motosuko Lake, sample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and walk around Oishi Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi route tool .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Takato Castle Remains Park
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
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Takato Castle Remains Park ©
Takato Castle Remains Park
Arakurayama Sengen Park ©
Arakurayama Sengen Park
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Peace Flame. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, and explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation maker website .

You can take a train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Izanagi Shrine and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Okutsu Valley (in Kagamino-cho), Naruto Strait (in Naruto) and Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Inujima Seirensho Art Museum). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine, see the interesting displays at Tegarayama Exchange Station, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Okayama, Izanagi Shrine, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Okutsu Valley, Naruto Strait
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine

6
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 Mt. Yoshino and Toji. Venture out of the city with trips to Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, and stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, Yoshino-cho, Hikone Castle, Miho Museum, Hase-dera Temple
Find places to stay May 12 — 18:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Yuki no Otani and Ninja Temple. There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Shima, make a trip to Nishi Tea House Street, and go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa tour builder tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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