28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manama

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.
Ishigaki Island Eco Tour has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Kabira Bay and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge, and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki vacation builder tool .

Manama, Bahrain to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Manama in April, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visiting Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, Hiroshima is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): walk around Nara Park, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. On the next day, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka route planning site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

5
nights
Kyoto

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.
You'll explore and learn at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Asahiyaki. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Ise Grand Shrine and Inuyama Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Ise Shrine Geku. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi), Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail (in Nakatsugawa) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, wander the streets of Sakae, and admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ise, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, Hikone Castle, Inuyama Castle, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Pola Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at Matsumoto Castle and Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Hakone Kowakien Yunessun) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi and examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg..

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi attractions planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Matsumoto Castle
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Rock Garden and Kimono Me. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kanotoiwa (in Hinohara-mura). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Ginza, and make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rock Garden, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kanotoiwa
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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