27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Sendai
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Gotemba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
night
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.
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, expect Tokyo to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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4
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takkoku no Iwaya and Kumano Taisha Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Ginzan Onsen and Sendai Astronomical Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Tsukihama Beach (in Higashimatsushima) and Azuma Kofuji (in Fukushima). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Rairaikyo Gorge.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for slightly colder days in Sendai, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ginzan Onsen, Azuma Kofuji, Tsukihama Beach, Takkoku no Iwaya, Kumano Taisha Shrine
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Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horinouchi Myohoji Temple, wander the streets of Kichijoji, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, then examine the collection at Fire Museum, and finally take a stroll through Kagurazaka.

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Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Sendai, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kichijoji, Mt. Takao
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Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and teamLab Planets TOKYO. Popular historic sites such as Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Kencho-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) & Kamakura Hiking Trails). See some other sides of Tokyo: take a stroll through Yanaka, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as JMSDF Kure Museum and Spas. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima vacation planning website .

Getting from Tokyo to Hiroshima by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Toshodai-ji Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji 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 a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Mimurotoji Temple, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Mt. Kurama, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gotemba.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Uji, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

4
nights
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Visiting Mount Fuji and Otainai Seikoen will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ryoun-ji Temple and Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Gotemba: Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) (in Minamiashigara), Goryuno Falls (in Susono) and Kengamine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Sunset Falls, admire the natural beauty at Toraya Factory, play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, and revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

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

You can drive from Kyoto to Gotemba in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Gotemba are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Minamiashigara, Kengamine, Mount Fuji, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Ryoun-ji Temple
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine
Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) ©
Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson)

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the galleries of KidZania Tokyo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gotokuji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), and finally don't miss a visit to University of Tokyo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Drive from Gotemba to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gotemba in August, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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