27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tsumagoi-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Kawagoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip tool.

Athens, Greece to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in March: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

Koya-cho — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and then relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muryokoin.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Koya-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Nara — 1 night

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 26th (Tue), sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, and then do sightseeing your way with Japan Tour Adventure in Nara.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Kyoto — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Gion and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in March, Kyoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, take in the exciting artwork at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.
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Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

Takayama — 2 nights

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.
On the 1st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan). On the next day, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.
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Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

Tsumagoi-mura — 2 nights

On the 3rd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Netsunoyu and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Onioshidashi Volcanic Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoen Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tsumagoi-mura road trip planning website.

Getting from Takayama to Tsumagoi-mura by car takes about 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Tsumagoi-mura are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Nikko — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip planning app.

You can drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tsumagoi-mura in April since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Kawagoe.
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Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Kawagoe — 2 nights

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Toki no Kane and then get to know the fascinating history of Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitain.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kawagoe sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Kawagoe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nikko in April since evenings lows in Kawagoe dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Hakone-machi — 2 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko and then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, steep yourself in history at Odawara Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kawagoe to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Kawagoe, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Tokyo — 6 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Kōtoku-in in Kamakura--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, stop by Akihabara, stroll around Ueno Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

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Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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