28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Train to Dobutsuen-Mae, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyazaki
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Meiji Jingu Gaien and Sengaku-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Kyu-Furukawa Gardens. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, take in the pleasant sights at Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Tree-lined Street, stop by Yanaka District, and make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Tokyo is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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nights
Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Kanaya Hotel History House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally don't miss a visit to Nikko Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, hike along Odashirogahara, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Furumine Jinja, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shakado Temple.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko road trip website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Nikko hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
nights
Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sukyo Mahikari, then visit Sanmachi Suji, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Hida Bussankan, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Takayama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takayama when traveling from Nikko in November, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Kinkaku-ji and Kodai-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo in Otsu, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shisendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

2
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Koya-cho

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan, admire the striking features of Koyasan Kondomae, contemplate the long history of Rokkaku Kyozo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joju-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In November in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites

3
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

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 Mazda Museum and Peace Flame. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mitaki Temple and Itsukushima Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku & Itsukushima Gekijyo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for little chillier nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Miyazaki

Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
On the 5th (Sun), visit Obi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Miyako City, take a stroll around Miyazaki Art Center, browse the range of quality goods at Miyazaki Yamakataya, then explore the galleries of Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, and finally stop by Miyazaki Products Shop Konne.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Miyazaki tour builder app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast, see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Uibya Mountain Site. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ammama Utaki, and finally admire the masterpieces at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Miyazaki to Miyakojima takes 6 hours. When traveling from Miyazaki in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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Tokyo

Get a sense of the local culture at Kencho-ji Temple and teamLab☆Planets. Head to Shimokitazawa and Ebisu Garden Placefor plenty of shopping. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). See even more of Tokyo: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo takes 6 hours. When traveling from Miyakojima in December, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are colder with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.

Miyazaki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Canyons · Landmarks
Miyazaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Miyazaki.HistoryHistorically, after the Meiji Restoration, Hyūga Province was renamed Miyazaki Prefecture.GeographyMiyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Ōita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west. It is one of only two locations on Earth where the fungus Chorioactis geaster is found. Miyazaki is the home of the hyuganatsu fruit.As of April 1, 2012, 12% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Kirishima-Yaku National Park; Kyūshū Chūō Sanchi, Nichinan Kaigan, Nippō Kaigan, and Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Parks; and Mochio-Sekinoo, Osuzu, Saitobaru-Sugiyasukyō, Sobo Katamuki, Wanitsuka, and Yatake Kōgen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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