28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
4
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
6
Onna-son
— 7 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza. Get some cultural insight at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Senso-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Tokyo are cooler (14°C), and nights are a bit cooler (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Mizuno Sportology Gallery about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Toji ©
Toji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima visit planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Miyakojima by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In January, Miyakojima is warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondoi Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. You'll get in some beach time at Yonehara Beach and Sunset Beach. There's still lots to do: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

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Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Hoshisuna Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and don't miss a visit to Nakama-river Protected Region.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima route builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

7
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get some historical perspective at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Katsuren Castle Ruins. We've included these beaches for you: Okuma Beach and Manza Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan & Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center), Kafu Banta (in Uruma) and Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okichan Theater, &more). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church, and contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Onna-son driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 6 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in January, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kunigami-son, Yomitan-son, Uruma, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 21:
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Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

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