27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Shin-Fuji(Shizuoka), Taxi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki

— 3 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ishigaki Yaima Village and Ishigakijima Observatory. Escape the urban bustle at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Manama in April, expect nights in Ishigaki to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Miyajima). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in April, with highs in Hiroshima at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Matsumoto Castle and Okunoin Shishinkaku will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Nishiusuzuka Walking Trail) and Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom (in Hokuto). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, explore the historical opulence of Odawara Castle, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hiroshima in April: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Gion. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kairyuoji Temple & Todai-ji Temple) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Osaka Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more), Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, and wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:

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.