28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Jerusalem

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senjokaku and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planning website .

Jerusalem, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Hiroshima. When traveling from Jerusalem in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo.

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

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Ise Shrine Geku, Kofuku-ji Temple, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho journey builder app .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in October since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oko no Taki Fall and The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. The adventure continues: make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho day trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Nachikatsura-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Amano Iwato Shrine and Takachiho Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Amano Yasugawara and Oka Castle Ruins are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Daikanbo (in Aso), Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi) and Ogi Rice Terraces (in Ubuyama-mura). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Takachiho-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oka Castle Ruins, Ogi Rice Terraces, Daikanbo, Mt. Aso, Nabegataki Falls
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
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 Yonaha Maehama Beach and Yabiji. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Sunayama Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, expect Miyakojima to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki visit website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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