27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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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

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

Cork, Ireland to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cork to Tokyo is 9 hours. While traveling from Cork, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. 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.
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then fly down the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, and then make a trip to Kaede no Yakata. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi online journey planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can 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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker site.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the 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 Dotombori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Otemae Street, admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Himeji online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Flame, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Yubatake, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then walk around Sainokawara Park. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, don't miss a visit to Yugama, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kusatsu Nettaiken, and finally make a trip to Netsunoyu.

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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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: high temperatures in Kusatsu-machi hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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