28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hatsukaichi
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Hakuba-mura
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Visiting Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Nosoko Mape will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online tour itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Ishigaki, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Doha, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 6th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi sightseeing tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hatsukaichi by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in February: high temperatures in Hatsukaichi hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Kutchan-cho

— 2 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Village Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, and then fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Hatsukaichi to Kutchan-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hatsukaichi in February, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Kutchan-cho: temperatures range from -1°C by day to -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Escape the urban bustle at Snow Monkey Resorts and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Suginohara (in Myoko) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and stroll through Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura visit planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Hakuba-mura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Hakuba-mura, with highs around 4°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shiga Kogen. Go for a jaunt from Yamanouchi-machi to Myoko to see Myoko Kogen about 1 hour away. It doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and tour the pleasant surroundings at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ginza and Odaiba District. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get outdoors at Nikko Base and Nikko National Park. Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine will appeal to history buffs. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: highs in Nikko hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nara Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nikko to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in February, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:

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.