27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online trip itinerary maker .

Toronto, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in October, expect Kanazawa to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Sumiyoshi Shrine (in Akashi), Tarumino Ozakura (in Yabu) and Asago (Awaga Shrine, Takeda Castle Ruins, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Asago, Mt. Takamikura, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Tarumino Ozakura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and walk around Nagao Castle Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Nagasaki online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and walk around Kabira Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki holiday app .

Getting from Nagasaki to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in October: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are cooler (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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