27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Sendai
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
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
Train + 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 ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Auckland in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 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 out of the city life by going to Ginzan Onsen and Rairaikyo Gorge. Visit Takkoku no Iwaya and Kumano Taisha Shrine for their historical value.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sendai trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kumano Taisha Shrine, Takkoku no Iwaya, Ginzan Onsen
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Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planner.

You can take a train from Sendai to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
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Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like teamLab☆Planets and Ueno District. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). See some other sides of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, stop by Yanaka District, and get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
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teamLab☆Planets
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Mikasahama Beach). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 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
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kennin-ji Temple and Kifune Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Nishi Honganji. Change things up with a short trip to Mimurotoji Temple in Uji (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, don't miss a visit to Gion, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning website.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Gotemba.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Uji, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mount Fuji and Ryoun-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) and Otainai Seikoen. Venture out of the city with trips to Goryuno Falls (in Susono), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Kengamine (in Fujinomiya). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Sunset Falls, revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, tee off at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, and stroll around Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gotemba day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Gotemba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Gotemba hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 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, Goryuno Falls, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Mount Fuji, 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 make a trip to 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, then admire the masterpieces 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.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation planner.

Getting from Gotemba to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Gotemba, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo

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