27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
4
Takayama
— 4 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kyoto is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Kyoto reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Awaga Shrine (in Asago) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, and make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Shikoku Mura Village, Awaga Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Daisen Outlook
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, stop by Sanmachi Suji, explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and learn and have fun at Daiou-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Takayama, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi, Matsumoto Castle
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
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 Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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