28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Nanjo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Tram + Subway + Foot + Train:  5 h 30 min
4
Nagano
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
9
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+5
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train + Bus:  6 h 15 min
10
Nago
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Osaka

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 3rd (Fri), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally stop by Dotombori.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nanjo

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Katsuren Castle Ruins and Valley of Gangala. When in Nanjo, make a side trip to see Blue Seal Ice Park in Urasoe, approximately Urasoe away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui, go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park, and make a trip to Aburachigama.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nanjo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Nanjo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Osaka in January, you will find days in Nanjo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are much hotter (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Blue Seal Ice Park, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Blue Seal Ice Park ©
Blue Seal Ice Park
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

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 8th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then engage your brain at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally examine the collection at Mazda Museum. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can fly from Nanjo to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Nanjo in January, plan for slightly colder days in Hiroshima, with highs around 11°C, while nights are colder with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Itsukushima Shrine, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

4
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Family-friendly places like Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area and Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort and Togakushi Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Jinchokan Moriya Archives (in Chino). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nagano trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hiroshima to Nagano takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, things will get little chillier in Nagano: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area, Palcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort, Jinchokan Moriya Archives
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum ©
Yawataya Isogoro Honten ©
Yawataya Isogoro Honten

2
nights
Nikko

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Ryuokyo Canyon and then get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally don't miss a visit to Narabi Jizo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nikko travel planner.

Drive from Nagano to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nagano in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nikko, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Kamogawa Sea World and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Step off the beaten path and head to KidZania Tokyo and Kanda Myojin. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Kinomiya Shrine in Atami, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

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

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Kinomiya Shrine, Kamogawa Sea World
Highlights from your plan
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

2
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 20th (Mon): make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Painagama Beach, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Miyakojima are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are much warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Painagama Beach ©
Painagama Beach

2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, then see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yaeyama Shyonyudo Doshokubutsuen Park, and finally get outside with Kaiji Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In January in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, head outdoors with Todomari Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima attractions planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In January in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nago.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Nago

Nago ©
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Nago Himpun Banyan Tree, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Helios Distillery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nago citizen Beach, then cool off at Busena Beach, and finally stroll around Busena Marine Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): look for gifts at Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, then look for all kinds of wild species at Forest Yanbaru Subtropical, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nago trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Nago by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nago, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
Highlights from your plan
Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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