27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  16 h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Fukushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Kitashiobara-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h
End: Brisbane

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.
Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mitaki Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Mikasahama Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in March; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

4
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 some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Himeji Castle. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho), Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koyasan Okunoin, Ise Shrine Geku, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, expand your horizons at Daiou-ji Temple, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanda house. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally take an in-depth tour of Takayama Museum of History and Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Classes

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online journey builder.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Komatsu, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Suganuma Gassho Community
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:
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Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at Asakusa Shrine and KidZania Tokyo. Get some historical perspective at Kencho-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Stone‐paved Road). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and explore the galleries of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip tool.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kencho-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha. Get some historical perspective at Matsushiro and Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Nozawaonsen-mura: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Sanada House (in Nagano). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nozawaonsen-mura, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagano, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
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Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

2
nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. On the 15th (Wed), examine the collection at Fukushima City Minka-en, then head outdoors with Nakanofudoson, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bikki Numa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jododaira Wetland, and finally steep yourself in history at Fukushima Inari Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fukushima road trip website.

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Fukushima in 5 hours. In April in Fukushima, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
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Fukushima City Minka-en ©
Fukushima City Minka-en
Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum ©
Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum
Fukushima Inari Shrine ©
Fukushima Inari Shrine

2
nights
Kitashiobara-mura

Kitashiobara-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mt. Bandai 3d World, explore the activities along Goshikinuma Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, then take an in-depth tour of Mt. Bandai Eruption Museum, and finally explore the activities along Yanagi Numa. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kai Honke Kurazashiki, explore the galleries of Kitakata Ramen Museum & Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganjoji Temple, then explore the activities along Oguninuma, and finally don't miss a visit to Aonuma.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kitashiobara-mura visit website.

You can drive from Fukushima to Kitashiobara-mura in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kitashiobara-mura can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kitakata
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
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Goshikinuma Lake ©
Goshikinuma Lake
Kitakata Ramen Museum & Shrine ©
Kitakata Ramen Museum & Shrine
Ganjoji Temple ©
Ganjoji Temple

3
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaihi Clinic Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sanbon Yaridake Moutain. Keep things going the next day: trek along Keyaki no Mori Walks and then identify plant and animal life at Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aizuwakamatsu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kitashiobara-mura to Aizuwakamatsu in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Koriyama, Sanbon Yaridake Moutain, Hikudari Kannondo
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle

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