28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Funabashi Andersen Park and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, stroll around Kitanomaru Park, and examine the collection at Fire Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

Asheville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Asheville to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Asheville in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

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Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kijima Kogen Park and Mt. Kuju. Get out of town with these interesting Beppu side-trips: Handa Highland (in Kokonoe-machi), Ikeyama Springs (in Ubuyama-mura) and Taketa (Sky Park Azamidai Observatory & Kuju Highland). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Beppu Rakutenchi, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tsurunoyu, take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, and get outside with Angel Kimono Rental Beppu.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beppu journey planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Beppu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Beppu, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

3
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Miyajihama Beach and OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukutsu (Fukuma Beach & Tsuyazaki Beach). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ramen Runway, see the interesting displays at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, take an in-depth tour of Seinan Gakuin University Museum, and walk around Yusentei Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka road trip planning site.

Getting from Beppu to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in July, you will find days in Fukuoka are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

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 next day, take in the awesome beauty at Ogonzan, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, then have fun and explore at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

5
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Ibuki and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Yanmar Museum (in Nagahama), Samegaijyuku (in Maibara) and Genkyuen Garden (in Hikone). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, take in breathtaking views at Hozukyo Gorge, take a peaceful walk through Tadasu No Mori Grove, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shisendo Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 24:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yagyu Kaido and Shoryakuji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Mount Miwa (in Sakurai), Mt. Shigi (in Heguri-cho) and Tenri (Isonokami Jingu, Yamanobe Street, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kiyotaki Toge, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ikoma, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July in Nara, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

4
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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Tateyama and Takayama Showa Museum. Go for a jaunt from Takayama to Tateyama-machi to see Daikanbo about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, take in nature's colorful creations at Squirrel Forest Hida Mountains Yaso Shizen Teien, and stop by Hida Bussankan.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Takayama vacation maker.

Getting from Nara to Takayama by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in July, Takayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

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Tokyo

On the 1st (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum - Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, examine the collection at Tobu Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Meiji Shrine Imperial Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at MUJI Yurakucho, examine the collection at Nissan Crossing, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, stroll around Gyosen Park, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and finally explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

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.