27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cork
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + tram + train:  8​h
7
Kusatsu-machi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Cork


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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Cork, Ireland to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cork to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cork in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You've now added Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, stroll through Ryuoo Ski Park, and then don't miss a visit to Kaede no Yakata. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, things will get little chillier in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Onsen Resorts

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
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.
Himeji is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Himeji Castle, explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, find something for the whole family at Taiyo Park, and stroll through Sunken Garden, Castle Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker website .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
On the 18th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then stroll around Sainokawara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, then don't miss a visit to Yugama, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kusatsu Nettaiken, and finally steep yourself in history at Netsunoyu.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kusatsu-machi attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hiroshima to Kusatsu-machi in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, expect Kusatsu-machi to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ikaho Stone Steps
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park

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