28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Nosoko Forest Road. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi and Kuroshima Research Institute. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach & Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Nakamoto Beach). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Ishigaki, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in November, expect nights in Ishigaki to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 10th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall, then kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, and then stroll through Shirahama Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. November in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Nakanoshima Beach. You'll explore and learn at Yukishio Museum and Underground Dam Museum. There's still lots to do: stroll through Yabiji, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sawada no hama Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima road trip website.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. In November in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho road trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Miyakojima in November: highs in Takachiho-cho hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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 18th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, then get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then go for a walk through Ruins of Kosugidani Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car, train, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Bay Side Beach Saka (in Saka-cho) and Senjokaku (in Hatsukaichi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, stop by Kamiyacho, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Flame.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Shrine.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Kinkaku-ji and Kodai-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sagano, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:

Tokyo

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nezu Shrine and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Nezu Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, make a trip to Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Tree-lined Street, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:

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.