28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg..

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi journey planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning website .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Bizen (Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi & Hattoji Furusatomura). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Okayama, Bizen
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

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

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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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

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, stroll through Glover Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, wander the streets of Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner .

Getting from Nagasaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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