28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
11
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

1
day
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.
On the 21st (Mon), wander the streets of Akihabara.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online day trip planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Adelaide in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 18°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo attractions tool .

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Otaru
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hakodate trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Mt. Hakodate Observatory ©
Mt. Hakodate Observatory

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden, then step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), and finally don't miss a visit to Sendai Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, then take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, and finally make a trip to Godaido.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sendai trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Sendai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Matsushima-machi
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Odaiba, stroll around Ueno Park, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kanazawa to Eiheiji-cho to see Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, then take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): savor the flavors at Osakana Tengoku, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Hakata Station.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip maker website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Komenoyama Obsevatory, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

2
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.
On the 11th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take a stroll through Dotonbori, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour site .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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