28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Train:  3 h
1
Kyoto
— 9 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Koya-cho
— 1 night
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Tram + Subway + Train:  6 h
5
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Tokyo
— 8 nights
End: Tokyo

9
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Monkey Park Iwatayama, Toji, Kyoto City Sagatoriimotocho Nami Preservation Hall, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Kamigamo Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horyu-ji Temple and Daikaku-ji. Change things up with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Otsu, Nara Park, Horyu-ji Temple, Byodoin, Dotombori
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 23:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miedo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joju-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sekisho-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jimyo-in Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Koya-cho trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Koyasan Daimon ©
Koyasan Daimon
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saikokuji Temple, Tenneiji Temple, Jikoji Temple, and other attractions you added. Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and Senkoji & Senkoji Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planning website .

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

4
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yoshinogari Historical Park, Imari Okawachiyama, Arita Townscape, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kushida Shrine and Acros Fukuoka.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka vacation planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nikko.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kumamoto, Dazaifu, Imari Okawachiyama, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Arita Townscape
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:
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Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

1
night
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, Nikko Futarasan jinja and Nikko Tosho-gu. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nikko trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Fukuoka to Nikko in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Fukuoka in April, you will find days in Nikko are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

8
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Meguro River, Shibuya Crossing, Omotesando Hills, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and The National Art Center, Tokyo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Asakusa Shrine. There's more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel route planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Fujiyoshida, Oshino Hakkai
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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