28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10 h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yamato Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Discover out-of-the-way places like Senjokaku and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online tour itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. In December, Hiroshima is colder than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, trek along Seibu Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in December; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 18°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Gion, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ainokura Gassho Community and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, view the masterpieces at ArtShop Tsukibae, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get outdoors at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Cape Kamui. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niseko Hanazono Resort and Shimamu Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Shakotan Peninsula (in Shakotan-cho). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya and stroll around Fukidashi Park.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Kutchan-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in December: high temperatures in Kutchan-cho hover around 0°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Fukidashi Park, Lake Toya, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace are in your itinerary. Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi) and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: stop by Odaiba District, shop like a local with Ginza, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Asakusa.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planning website.

You can fly from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in December, plan for much warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Pola Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Toguchi no Hama and Yabiji. There's still lots to do: get outside with Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

Plan trip to Miyakojima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 25th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima journey builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. You'll get in some beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll around Banna Park, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ishigaki vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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