28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Nakijin-son
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
9
Shari-cho
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Jaipur

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and walk around Banna Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Jaipur, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jaipur to Ishigaki is 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jaipur in June: highs in Ishigaki hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima vacation planner .

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip builder site .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

2
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and then step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and finally contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nakijin-son holiday maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son in 4.5 hours. In July in Nakijin-son, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
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Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Wilson Stump and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Nakijin-son to Yakushima-cho by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takachiho Gorge and Amano Yasugawara. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri), Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
day
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shari-cho route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kyoto to Shari-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in July; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 25°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll around Ueno Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in July: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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