28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Dusseldorf

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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
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.
Himeji is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, find something for the whole family at Taiyo Park, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online vacation builder .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

7
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Fukuoka is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

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