28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
4
Kita
— 2 nights
+4
train + Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
5
Taketomi-jima
— 1 day
Travel:  4​h 45​min
6
Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Naha
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
10
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
11
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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 Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
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 22nd (Fri): hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Yamanouchi-machi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Atami Sun Beach and Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach). You'll explore and learn at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum. When in Hakone-machi, make a side trip to see Gotemba Premium Outlets in Gotemba, approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and look for all kinds of wild species at Hakone Shisseikaen.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March, Hakone-machi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trips

Gotemba Premium Outlets, Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), Atami Sun Beach
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Atami Sun Beach ©
Atami Sun Beach
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then make a trip to Shinsaibashi, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kita visit planning site .

Explore your travel options from Hakone-machi to Kita with the Route module. When traveling from Hakone-machi in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kita, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
On the 28th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach, then kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, and finally stroll through Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Taketomi-jima trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kita to Taketomi-jima. Traveling from Kita in March, you will find days in Taketomi-jima are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ishigaki
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Fusaki Beach ©
Fusaki Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

1
night
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn and then kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hateruma-jima road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Taketomi-jima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Painagama Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Boraga Limestone Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hateruma-jima to Miyakojima. In March, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
We've included these beaches for you: Aharen Beach and Manza Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Sunset Beach (in Chatan-cho), Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son) and Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tropical Beach, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, stroll through Naminoue Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Cape Manzamo.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Naha vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Naha takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Naha are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nirai Beach, Sunset Beach, Aharen Beach, Furuzamami Beach
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): head off the coast to Miyajima, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Naha to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in April, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

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
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 7th (Sun): meet the residents at Kobe City Suma Marine Aquarium, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, & more). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge, explore the different monuments and memorials at Taikoan, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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