28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Kitsuki
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Kitsuki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Warsaw

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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

Warsaw, Poland to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Warsaw to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Warsaw in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:

Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 14°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then stop by Amanatto Kawamura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally examine the collection at Dolls Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kitsuki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Kitsuki

— 6 nights
Kitsuki is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 29,661 and a population density of 114.00 persons per km². You've now added Hachiman Nadagu to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kitsuki: Bungotakada (Nagasakibana Resort Campground Flower Park, Matama Beach, &more), Usa (Usajingu Shrine Jogu, Usajingu Shrine, &more) and Kunisaki (Monjusenji Temple & Futagoji Temple). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yabakei, appreciate the extensive heritage of Minamidai Bukeyashiki Ato, make a trip to Kitsuki Castle Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rurikoji Temple.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kitsuki sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kanazawa to Kitsuki. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, Kitsuki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitsuki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 25:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

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

You can drive from Kitsuki to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Himeji tour website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and admire the natural beauty at Shirokita Shobu Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.