28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Ferry to Cozumel, Fly to Tokyo Narita
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train to 博多2番ホーム, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Naha
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and relax and rejuvenate at ARONA SPA.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in February, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hit the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, head outdoors with Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi travel planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in February; daily highs in Yamanouchi-machi reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, stop by IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, learn something new at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation maker site.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, walk around Inasayama Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, then stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Megane Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, walk around Nagao Castle Park, then stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Kagoshima

— 1 night

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima journey app.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. February in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Takamine Distillers, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally walk around Kabira Park. Keep things going the next day: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki route planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kagoshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Kagoshima in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

Motobu-cho

— 1 night
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip planning website.

Fly from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, plan for little chillier nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:

Naha

— 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for gifts at Kaisou, Kokusaidori, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, make a trip to Kokusaidori, then make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangui, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, then step off the mainland to explore Kudakajima Island, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naha trip website.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Naha. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): walk around Odori Park, visit Susukino, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then browse the exhibits of Minapa, and finally make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Getting from Naha to Sapporo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Naha in February; daily highs in Sapporo reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Tours · Parks · Classes · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

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.