27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Ginza, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Arayayama Shrine Okumiya (in Fujiyoshida), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, admire all the interesting features of Hakone Skyline, and do a tasting at Asaya Winery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

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 Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Sasebo (Balinese Salon Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip builder website.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Nagasaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima sightseeing website.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Himeji route planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

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: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, look for gifts at Musubi Kyoto, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

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

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

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.