28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Numazu
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Iwami-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Iki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
7
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Diego

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Moroiso Shores (in Miura) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Akihabara, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planning website .

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Tokyo is 17 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Numazu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Moroiso Shores
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Numazu

Numazu
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Toi Beach, kick back and relax at Odoi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ita Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ose Beach.

Planning Numazu trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Numazu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Numazu sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Numazu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Izu, Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Fuuka-Kimono.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto planning website .

Traveling by train from Numazu to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Numazu in September, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Higashihama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, explore the activities along Uradome Coast, then explore the world behind art at The Sand Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes.

To find out how to plan a trip to Iwami-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kyoto to Iwami-cho in 4 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Iwami-cho: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tottori
Highlights from your plan
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Uradome Coast ©
Uradome Coast
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach, head off the coast to Miyajima, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Iwami-cho to Hiroshima by car takes about 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Iki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Iki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Iki ©
Get in touch with nature at Tatsunoshima Island Beach and Nishikihama Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Satohama Beach and Tsutsukihama Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Iki trip planner .

Drive from Hiroshima to Iki in 6.5 hours. October in Iki sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Iki

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Saruiwa ©
Saruiwa

2
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Get in touch with nature at Gahijima Sand Dune and Nishibama Beach. Visit Aharen Beach and Aka Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Zamami-son, make a side trip to see Tokashiku Beach in Tokashiki-son, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Hizushi Beach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iki to Zamami-son. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Iki in October; daily highs in Zamami-son reach 83°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
Highlights from your plan
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach

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 Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stroll through Sukuji Bathing Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and see some colorful creatures with Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ishigaki fast, fun, and easy.

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Ishigaki with the Route module. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Sunayama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. The adventure continues: stroll through Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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