28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 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

2
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.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki itinerary tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Nagasaki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Nagasaki to be much colder, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more) and Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen) and Kobe (Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji travel route website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kobe, Korakuen Garden, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, Mt. Takamikura
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Korakuen Garden ©
Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

6
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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Dotonbori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 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
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to 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). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa sightseeing planning site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Shishiku Park
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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 still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 12°C. 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
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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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