28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Nikko
— 1 night
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
9
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
10
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
12
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

1
day
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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip site .

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Oyunuma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Fukidashi Park (in Kyogoku-cho) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). There's much more to do: stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Sapporo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal, Fukidashi Park
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake, look for gifts at Hakodateyama Ropeway Sancho Shop, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and then stroll through Goryokaku Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Onuma Lake
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 27th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sendai trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Sendai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hakodate in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sendai, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Rairaikyo Gorge ©
Rairaikyo Gorge
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, and finally stroll around Nikko National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nikko road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Sendai to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): head outdoors with Karasawa Carl and then get to know the resident critters at Matsumoto Alps Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Nikko in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 31st (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shofukaku Garden, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Omicho Market, then examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakata Station and Kushida Shrine. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, examine the collection at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka online route planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 6th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, then step off the mainland to explore Gogoshima Island, and then step off the mainland to explore Hojo Kashima.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Matsuyama by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Suzuka Circuit (in Suzuka). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel route planning site .

You can fly from Matsuyama to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Suzuka Circuit, Amanohashidate
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Takao and Samurai Armor Photo Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal (in Naka) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). See even more of Tokyo: wander the streets of Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

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