28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Train:  13 h 45 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  8 h 30 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Onna-son
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 30 min
8
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
10
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinomiya Shrine and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Kiunkaku (in Atami), Mishima Taisha (in Mishima) and Fujinomiya (Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine & Shiraito Falls). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hakone-machi. In February, Hakone-machi is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 5°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Atami, Fujinomiya, Mishima Taisha, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple, stop by Hokusai-kan, then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, and finally hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Sakae Club Ski Area, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and then hit the slopes at Yamase Onsen Ski Area.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura in 5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in February, Nozawaonsen-mura is little chillier at night with lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Obuse-machi, Sakae Club Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden and Suginohara. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hakuba and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama-machi (Shomyo Falls & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and take in the awesome beauty at Happoone.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Suginohara
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya. On the next day, meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, meet the residents at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally stop by Kutsurogiya.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ise trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Ise in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in February: high temperatures in Ise hover around 9°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, then stop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho online route planner .

Getting from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

1
night
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 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then stop by Sugisho. Keep things going the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Nachikatsura-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Onsen Resorts

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katsuren Castle Ruins and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Zakimi Castle Ruins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Kitanakagusuku-son (AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM & Nakagusuku Castle Ruins), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park). There's more to do: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son online trip planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, and flight. While traveling from Yakushima-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Onna-son, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kitanakagusuku-son, Sefa-Utaki, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Zakimi Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iriomote Island and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get outdoors at Pinaisara Falls and Barasu Island. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sakiyama North Corner, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get outside with Ida no Hama Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Iriomote-jima. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, walk around Banna Park, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Tomori no Amai. Step out of the city life by going to Toguchi no Hama and Yabiji. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima journey planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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