28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi to Bungo-Ogi, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chidorigafuchi and Tokyo National Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and walk around Ueno Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In March, Tokyo is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima in 6 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Iriomote-jima: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Kabira Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and make a trip to Euglena Mall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. The adventure continues: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, make a trip to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, and head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. March in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Emerald Beach and then take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho planning website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in March, Motobu-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama, then hike along Seibu Trail, then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in March, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 63°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry, train, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shukkei-en Garden and Peace Bell. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route planner.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kiyora Senjafuda. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Pontocho District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Osaka

— 3 nights
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 1st (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.