28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
4
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Irabu Ohashi and Yabiji. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island, stroll through Sunayama Beach, and snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Miyakojima is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip maker tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, trek along Seibu Trail, and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho in 10 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in October, things will get a bit cooler in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 24th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Kyoto

— 4 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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 30th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip builder app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) and National Museum of Nature and Science. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Takayama to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.