27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Nanjo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
7
Nikko
— 3 nights
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Karachi

2
nights
Nanjo

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nanjo: Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son), Makishi Public Market (in Naha) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, snap pictures at Nirai Bridge/Kanai Bridge, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and stroll through Manza Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nanjo trip itinerary planning app .

Karachi, Pakistan to Nanjo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Karachi to Nanjo due to the time zone difference. May in Nanjo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Nanjo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Naha, Onna-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nirai Beach
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Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and appreciate the history behind Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Nanjo to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nanjo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nagasaki, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 20th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hatsukaichi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. May in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hiroshima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

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 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Otemae Street, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip builder site .

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style and Wada House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Nanto (Gokayama & Ainokura Gassho Community). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. There's much more to do: stroll through Nikko National Park, admire the natural beauty at Shoyoen, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and explore the galleries of Kanaya Hotel History House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nikko by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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