28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
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Bus to Nagano, Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 2 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Otsu
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland will thrill your kids. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, and finally explore and take pictures at Shiga Kogen. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kusatsu International Ski Place, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, and then head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Baths

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, visit a coastal fixture at Kannonzaki Lighthouse, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki.

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You can do a combination of bus, train, tram, and flight from Yamanouchi-machi to Ishigaki in 9.5 hours. In March, Ishigaki is much hotter than Yamanouchi-machi - with highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:

Naha

— 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cat Cafe Nyansore. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Heiwadori, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street, then get your game on at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, then make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and finally get your game on at Cat Cafe Nyansore. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Wadama Honshinju Mother Sea, get your game on at Okinawa Omoro Obake Yashiki, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and finally explore the world behind art at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Naha planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Naha

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Osaka

— 6 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Koko-en. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Omine, and explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Naha to Osaka by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Naha in April, things will get a bit cooler in Osaka: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei as well as Monkey Park Iwatayama. On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at NINJA VR KYOTO. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Otsu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Classes
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:

Otsu

— 3 nights
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Attractions like Biwakohana Fountain and Komponchudo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Otsu's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle (in Hikone), Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho) and Hachiman-bori (in Omihachiman). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, make a trip to Enryakuji Temple Amida Do, contemplate the long history of Modoroki Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Otsu online trip builder.

Otsu is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.