27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nagano
— 3 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
5
Kumano
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
8
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Enoshima Island and Katase Higashihama Beach. The adventure continues: stop by Odaiba District, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujisawa
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, thenhead outdoors with Nozawa Onsen, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Nagano is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nozawa Onsen, Matsumoto Castle, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Take a break from the city and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Tojimbo Cliff. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura), Sanmachi Suji (in Takayama) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tojimbo Cliff, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Sanmachi Suji, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You've now added Nakasendo Tsumagojuku to your itinerary. When in Nagoya, make a side trip to see Nagashima Spa Land in Kuwana, approximately Kuwana away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya journey builder website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kumano.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagashima Spa Land, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Kumano

Kumano ©
Seigantoji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Hashigui Rock and Nachi Mitaki Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Nachikatsura-cho (Kumano Nachi Taisha, Daimonzaka, &more) and Kajitorizaki (in Taiji-cho).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumano driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kumano by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kumano can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kumano

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho, Kajitorizaki, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock
Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Takatsuki Forest Center and Mt. Kurama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari) and Amanohashidate (in Miyazu). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Drive from Kumano to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kumano in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Takatsuki Forest Center, Amanohashidate
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Gion
Gion

2
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.
Arima Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): wander the streets of Dotombori District, thensoak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Spas Baths

Side Trips

Nara Park, Arima Onsen
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Step out of the city life by going to Takachiho Gorge and Manai Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Okuragahama Beach (in Hyuga), Oguni-machi (Onsen Resorts & Nabegataki Falls) and Aso (Daikanbo & Aso Skyline View Place). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Osaka to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oguni-machi, Aso, Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine, Okuragahama Beach
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

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