27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ishinomaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Nikko — 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nikko trip builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Nikko is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Nikko, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nikko, with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishinomaki.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Ishinomaki — 1 night

Ishinomaki is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 146,993, and a population density of 269 persons per km² in 61,233 households. On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to Ishinomaki Manga Road, explore the world behind art at Ishinomori Manga Museum, and then stroll around Hiyoriyama Park.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ishinomaki trip planning site.

Getting from Nikko to Ishinomaki by car takes about 4 hours. In July in Ishinomaki, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.
Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Tokyo — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ninja Samurai Dojo as well as Pokemon Center Tokyo DX. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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

Drive from Ishinomaki to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ishinomaki in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.
Classes · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

Nagoya — 2 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle and then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagoya route maker website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Nagoya sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Kyoto — 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Okayama.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

Okayama — 2 nights

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 15th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden and then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Okayama travel planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Okayama by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Okayama, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip app.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): 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, and then take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally visit Sanmachi Suji.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Takayama sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Matsumoto — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then explore the activities along Taisho Pond, and then snap pictures at Kappa Bashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, fly down the slopes at Kurumayama Highland, and then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street.

To find out how to plan a trip to Matsumoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Hakodate.
Parks · Winter Sports · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Hakodate — 2 nights

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.
Hakodate is known for sightseeing, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate day trip website.

Fly from Matsumoto to Hakodate in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Matsumoto in July: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 73°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Tokyo — 2 nights

On the 26th (Tue), take a stroll through Ginza, take a stroll through Akihabara, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. On the next day, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, then get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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

Getting from Hakodate to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Observation Decks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.