28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki — 4 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and head outdoors with Yarabudake.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki attractions site.

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Ishigaki are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Naha.
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Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
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Naha — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Sangui (in Nanjo) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Clara Church, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Naha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 2.5 hours. January in Naha sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Baths
Side Trips
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Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online road trip planner.

You can fly from Naha to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. When traveling from Naha in January, plan for little chillier days in Hiroshima, with highs around 11°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kamakura.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Kamakura — 2 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and then make a trip to Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, then look for gifts at Samuraikibun Kamakura, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Kamakura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, you will find days in Kamakura are slightly colder (4°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly to Kanazawa.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Kyoto — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Senko-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

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.
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