28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kobe
— 1 day
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 1 day
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 10 nights
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Shizuoka
— 1 day
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo — 4 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.
To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Kobe.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

Kobe — 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens as well as Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kobe in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Nagasaki.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

Nagasaki — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sōfuku-ji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): make a trip to Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell) and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofukuji Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki travel route planner.

You can fly from Kobe to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Fukuoka.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:

Fukuoka — 1 day

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 day by day itinerary now includes Fukuoka Castle Ruins as well as Ohori Park. On the 31st (Thu), stroll around Ohori Park and then contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka online holiday planner.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. March in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

Hiroshima — 4 nights

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 Shukkei-en Garden, Hiroshima Castle, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Himeji — 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Koko-en as well as Himeji Castle. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Himeji road trip app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto — 10 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Hikone Castle, and other attractions you added.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planning site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Shizuoka.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 14:

Shizuoka — 1 day

With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kunozan Toshogu Shrine as well as Sumpu Castle Park. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and then get to know the fascinating history of Sumpu Castle Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shizuoka itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Shizuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. April in Shizuoka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Tokyo — 5 nights

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Shizuoka to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.