28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kumejima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Oslo


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5
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Shirosaki Beach (in Kamogawa) and Moroiso Shores (in Miura). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, take in the exciting artwork at Wa Space, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker tool .

Oslo, Norway to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Oslo to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oslo in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Moroiso Shores, Shirosaki Beach
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Mt. Kurama. Explore hidden gems such as Kyoto Railway Museum and Kaizu Osaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Takashima (Otomegaike Pond & Metasequoia Namiki). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, get engrossed in the history at Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum, stop by Maiko Antiques Kyoto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koetsuji Temple.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Takashima
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Nara National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more) and Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World & Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan)). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at Mint Museum.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Osaka online vacation planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then kick back and relax at Nirai Beach.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Onna-son are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nirai Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach

2
nights
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take a tour by water with Tonbara, step off the mainland to explore Hatenohama, and then make a trip to Shirugachi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): get outside with Tsumugi Bridge, steep yourself in history at Uegusukujo Castle Ruin, see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Museum of Kumejima, then kick back and relax at Eef Beach, and finally examine the collection at Kumejima Hotaru Kan.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumejima-cho trip tool .

Getting from Onna-son to Kumejima-cho by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In August in Kumejima-cho, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Eef Beach ©
Eef Beach
Sea Turtle Museum of Kumejima ©
Sea Turtle Museum of Kumejima

2
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aharen Beach, and then get great views at Unajinosachi Observatory. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Kaminohama Observatory, then snap pictures at Geruma Bridge, then kick back and relax at Kushibaru Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Zamami-son trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kumejima-cho to Zamami-son. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Aharen Beach
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach. On the next day, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Ishigaki. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoshisuna Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Nakano Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima online itinerary builder .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Beaches
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 10th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji and then stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima online trip builder .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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