28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Narita
Drive:  3​h
1
Nikko
— 2 nights
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Okayama
— Few hours
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
10
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h
12
Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
13
Tokyo
— 5 nights
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, stroll around Nikko National Park, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Senjogahara Field.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nikko road trip planning app .

Narita to Nikko is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Narita in October since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), snap pictures at Kappa Bashi and then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip builder website .

You can drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in October, Matsumoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kappa Bashi ©
Kappa Bashi

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

Make your Takayama itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Museums
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1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
You've now added Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for gifts at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery and then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Takayama journey maker website .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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 a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker website .

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): pick up some new knowledge with Ninja-Do and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka visit planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

few
hours
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Okayama when traveling from Himeji in November, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip app .

Take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): head off the coast to Hashima Island, stroll the grounds of Grave of Shunkansozu, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, then wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
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.
To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka online visit planner .

Getting from Nagasaki to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

3
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Explore Fujiyoshida's surroundings by going to Spas (in Yamanashi) and Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, don't miss a visit to Oshino Hakkai, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Arayayama Shrine Okumiya.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fujiyoshida visit planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fukuoka to Fujiyoshida in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fukuoka in November: highs in Fujiyoshida hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Oshino Hakkai, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Mount Fuji, Spas
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

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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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online visit planner .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Fujiyoshida, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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