27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip site.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sofia in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 9:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa route website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, Kanazawa is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

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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.
On the 12th (Fri), take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planning tool.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Himeji, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

2
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Sat), stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

2
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Fukuoka

City of Yatai

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, and finally walk around Maizuru Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Nakasu District, and finally don't miss a visit to Hakata Station.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka travel route website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

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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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka route planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

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Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, wander the streets of Sakae, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally explore the activities along Yamazaki River. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nagoya sightseeing website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

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Nara

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda) and Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara journey planner.

Drive from Nagoya to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

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.