27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jotenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajidake Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Munakata Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Old Ito Denemon House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Keiseki Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashii-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum.

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

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Fukuoka Airport. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Nagasaki

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki attractions website.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Himeji

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, then examine the collection at Tegarayama Exchange Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jodoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakurin-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Himeji by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in May, you will find days in Himeji are little chillier (71°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

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 26th (Wed): stroll around Itami Sky Park, admire the natural beauty at Aramaki Rose Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Omae Beach Park, then examine the collection at Koshien History Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Koshienhama Seaside Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, enjoy the sand and surf at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, and finally walk around Nakanoshima Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Nara National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuguji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Visit Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Kids will appreciate attractions like Shimogamo Jinja and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Appreciate the collections at Kanazawa Noh Museum and Motorcar Museum of Japan. Get some historical perspective at Ainokura Gassho Community and Natadera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Hakusan (Shirayama Hime Shrine & Mikawa Beach), Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama) and Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

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.
On the 5th (Sat), get advice or help at Takayama City Hall. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, and finally visit Ogimachi.

Make your Takayama itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, enjoy the sand and surf at Atami Sun Beach, contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine, then trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally cruise along Shakushi Toge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi planner.

Drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in June, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

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 10th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, walk around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, and finally make a trip to Nikko Station.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nikko road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Museum. Bring the kids along to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Yakumo Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, make a trip to Hozomon, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Japan travel guide

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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.

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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