27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online route planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Nagasaki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Nagasaki. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Nagasaki: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more) and Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route maker site .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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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
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo), Akashi National Government Park (in Kobe) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Himeji using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Kobe, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

5
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, go for a walk through Arashiyama, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday maker .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Shishiku Park
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Have a day of magic on the 11th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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