28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Okayama
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
4
Kobe
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
5
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Niigata
— 2 nights
train:  3 h
10
Fukushima
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h
11
Yamanakako-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Miyajidake Shrine, Nagasaki Peace Park, and other attractions.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Fukuoka. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in March, with highs in Fukuoka at 17°C and lows at 7°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Dazaifu, Yanagawa River Boat, Nanzoin, Miyajidake Shrine
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Castle, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

1
day
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Okayama Castle as well as Okayama Korakuen Garden. On the 3rd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden and then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Okayama trip builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, Okayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll around Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kobe road trip website.

You can take a train from Okayama to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kobe when traveling from Okayama in April, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park ©
Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Backstreet Osaka Tours, Expo'70 Pavilion, Osaka Free Walking Tour, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Okunoin and Kinpusenji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nigatsu-do Temple and Nara Park. Step out of Osaka to go to Yoshino-cho and see Mt. Yoshino, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Dotombori, and walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planning tool.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Nara, Koyasan Okunoin, Expo'70 Pavilion
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Maruyama Park, Yasaka Shrine, Nanzen-ji Temple, and other attractions. On the 8th (Wed), wander the streets of Arashiyama, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, and finally steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour builder app.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nomura Family Samurai House, Takato Castle Remains Park, Higashichaya Old Town, and other attractions. Gokayama and Kanazawa Noh Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takato Castle Remains Park, Gokayama, Hida Furukawa Old Town, Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takato Castle Remains Park as well as Matsumoto Castle. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle and then stroll around Takato Castle Remains Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. April in Nagano sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Niigata.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takato Castle Remains Park, Matsumoto Castle
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Takato Castle Remains Park ©
Takato Castle Remains Park
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
You've added Yahiko Park, Uwasekigata Park, Northern Culture Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Yasuragitei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, head outdoors with Sekiyahama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niigata Gokoku Shrine, then make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, and finally stop by Pia Bandai. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Uwasekigata Park, stroll around Yahiko Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, then see the interesting displays at Shirone Kite Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Northern Culture Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Niigata online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Niigata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Niigata can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukushima.

Things to do in Niigata

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yahiko-mura, Niigata Prefectural Museum of History
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Niigata Prefectural Museum of History ©
Niigata Prefectural Museum of History
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Hakusan Shrine ©
Hakusan Shrine

few
hours
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hanamiyama Park. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum and then walk around Hanamiyama Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukushima trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Niigata to Fukushima in 3 hours. April in Fukushima sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Yamanakako-mura.

Things to do in Fukushima

Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum ©
Fukushima Prefectural Art Museuum
Hanamiyama Park ©
Hanamiyama Park

3
nights
Yamanakako-mura

Yamanakako-mura ©
Get some historical perspective at Jiun-ji Temple and Jutoku-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Yamanakako Bungaku no Mori Park and Nagaike Shinsui Park.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanakako-mura online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fukushima to Yamanakako-mura takes 5 hours. Traveling from Fukushima in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Yamanakako-mura. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanakako-mura

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jiun-ji Temple, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Ishiwari Shrine ©
Ishiwari Shrine
Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park ©
Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Takao and Oki no Shima. You'll explore and learn at Nezu Museum and Kanda Myojin. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)), Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, steep yourself in history at 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yamanakako-mura to Tokyo takes 2 hours. While traveling from Yamanakako-mura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Minoyama Park, Mitsumine Shrine, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Oki no Shima
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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