28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Onna-son
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate the long history of Yasukuni Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. Expect colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 30th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Ichimai-iwa, then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary app .

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kyoto in March, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shingu, Ichimai-iwa, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Visit Yaegaki Shrine and Karakama Shrine for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adachi Museum of Art and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Izumo (Former Taisha Station, Kojindani Ruin, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, make a trip to Matsue Castle, and explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsue online route maker .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Matsue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Matsue when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Miyajima, & more). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum.

Make your Hiroshima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Get in touch with nature at Yonehara Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, stroll around Banna Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Iriomote Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

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

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. April in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Irabu Bridge, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, and identify plant and animal life at Yabiji.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima road trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Nakijin Castle Ruins and Shurijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sefa-Utaki and Katsuren Castle Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Zakimi Castle Ruins (in Yomitan-son), Okinawa Prefectural Archives (in Haebaru-cho) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Tobera Rock, step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, Onna-son is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Prefectural Archives, Shurijo Castle, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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