27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  19​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ljubljana to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Kenshin Falls (in Hayakawa-cho), Susono Fishing Park (in Susono) and Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji, cool off at Fureai Pool Tamaho, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kenshin Falls, Mount Fuji, Susono Fishing Park, Fureai Pool Tamaho, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

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 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally contemplate the long history of Wada House. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip maker app .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
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), Nagase house (in Shirakawa-mura) and Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kanazawa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sairin-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Nagase house, Gongenmori Beach
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Awaga Shrine (in Asago), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Himeji sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Mt. Takamikura, Mt. Kuma, Awaga Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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