28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tehran
Subway + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly + Subway:  15​h 45​min
End: Tehran

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip planning app .

Tehran, Iran to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Tehran to Ishigaki, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tehran in March, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 26°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, you will find days in Nagasaki are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are much colder (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Senseki Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji online trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji 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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Nabana no Sato, Chubu Park, Inuyama Castle, Kasumi Yumekujira Park
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip planning app .

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

6
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 17th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning website .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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