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 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
9
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
11
Tokyo
— 3 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.
For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 18°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

3
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.
You've now added Odori Park to your itinerary. On the 21st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower and then walk around Odori Park. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katta Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Ryugu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum, examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo travel route 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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Sapporo at 15°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Otaru, Katta Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, then pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

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 25th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, then explore the galleries of Zuihoden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then look and learn at Sendai Astronomical Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Funaoka Castle Ruins.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sendai, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Sendai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Hakodate in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Entsu-in Temple, Funaoka Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get some cultural insight at Kashima Jingū Shrine and Hozomon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Engaku-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori), Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya). Enjoy Tokyo some more: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba, make a trip to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo planning app .

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sendai in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kashima Jingū Shrine, Hikawa Shrine, Engaku-ji Temple, Kinomiya Shrine, Katori Jingu Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kashima Jingū Shrine ©
Kashima Jingū Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore and learn at Toyama Glass Art Museum and Kanazawa Noh Museum. Ainokura Gassho Community and Gokayama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Shima, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Site of Takada Family in Kaga-han.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Natadera Temple
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kennin-ji Temple and Ise Shrine Geku. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Ise Shrine Geku
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally contemplate the long history of To no Oka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyajidake Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Munakata Shrine. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jotenji Temple.

Plan a Fukuoka trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nanzoin, Miyajidake Shrine, Munakata Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine

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.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka travel planner .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, National Museum of Ethnology
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) and then explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Afuri Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and then steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hakone Museum of Art, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Naritasan Omote Sando, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) ©
Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

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