27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Shari-cho
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Narita
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Saitama
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Izumo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Kamuiwakka Falls and Mt. Io. Venture out of the city with trips to Kitanemuro Ranch Way (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Mt. Mashu (in Teshikaga-cho). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Shari-cho road trip planning website.

Cleveland, USA to Shari-cho is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Cleveland to Shari-cho, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cleveland in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Shari-cho: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Narita.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Narita

— 2 nights
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and then make a trip to Watpaknam Nihon Betsuin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaku-do, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Pagoda of Peace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Makata Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Narita sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Narita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Narita is a bit warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Sengaku-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Fujiko F Fujio Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (in Kawasaki), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kamakura Hiking Trails) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). The adventure continues: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip tool.

Getting from Narita to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

Saitama

— 2 nights
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heirin-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum and then get a new perspective on nature at Ibaraki Nature Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Saitama trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Saitama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Saitama are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Saitama

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then stop by Tower Knives Osaka, and then shop like a local with Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Saitama to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 6th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Yakushima-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Izumo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Izumo

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Izumo Grand Shrine and Kojindani Ruin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shimane Art Museum and Izumo Taisha Shrine Haiden. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsue (Buke Yashiki & Teahouse Meimei-an). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Karakama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichibataji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Sogano Yashiro.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Izumo route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Izumo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get slightly colder in Izumo: highs are around 70°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Izumo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

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.