28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Naha
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Dammam

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Minato Mirai 21 and Takeshita Street. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Dammam in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be little chillier, around 27°C, while days are much colder, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pola Museum of Art, Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get some cultural insight at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Higashiyama Walking Course), Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Toji and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto journey maker site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Explore hidden gems such as JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Do some cultural sightseeing at Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. The adventure continues: make a trip to Taikoiwa.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

2
nights
Naha

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sefa-Utaki and Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nishibama Beach and Aharen Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Scuba & Snorkeling), Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman).

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Naha in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Naha when traveling from Yakushima-cho in July, with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Onna-son, Zamami-son, Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Aharen Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Toguchi no Hama and Yonaha Maehama Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Miyakojima, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cape Hirakubozaki. Escape the urban bustle at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stop by Yurateiku Market, and walk around Banna Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

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

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