27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Himeji

— 3 nights
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: Ono Cherry Blossom Corridor (in Ono), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Nunohiki River Valley (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and stroll through Mt Shosha hiking.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji travel route planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Himeji is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, plan for little chillier nights in Himeji, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 16:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, and stroll around Ueno Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 30:

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.