28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
8
Takayama
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kabira Bay and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Kids will enjoy Yonehara Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and stroll through Kaiji Beach.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine), Okunoshima Island (in Takehara) and Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, expect nights in Hiroshima to be cooler, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okunoshima Island, Matsuyama Castle
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Otemae Street, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Himeji visit planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kusuri no Yakata and Hase-dera Temple. You'll explore and learn at Alphonse Mucha Museum and Sakai City Museum. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Yoshino-cho (Yoshimizu Shrine, Mt. Yoshino, & more), Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Shimin Fureai no Sato, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ishibutai Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Uda, Sakurai, Sakai, Shimin Fureai no Sato
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Satta-toge Pass and Gempeigawa River. Mon Musee Numazu, Numazu City Shoji Museum and Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mishima (Mishima Taisha Shrine & Sano Art Museum), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Numazu (Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium & Numazu Port).

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mishima, Numazu, Shizuoka, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium ©
Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Palcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort. On your second day here, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, get advice or help at Michi-no-Eki Yamba Furusato Kan, then take in breathtaking views at Agatsuma Canyon, and finally snap pictures at Yamba Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi online travel route planner .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April: highs in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Naganohara-machi, Palcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort, Michi-no-Eki Yamba Furusato Kan, Agatsuma Canyon
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Hakone Shisseikaen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Have a day of magic on the 15th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and then examine the collection at Gero Onsen Gasshomura.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gero Onsen Gassho Village
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