28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Yokohama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Fuji
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Fukuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  6 h
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Okinawa City
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: London

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nezu Shrine and Fire Museum. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando for their historical value. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine, Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, &more), Kashima Jingu (in Kashima) and Kawagoe (Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine & Toki no Kane). There's lots more to do: stop by Yanaka, take a stroll through Ueno, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Katori, Kawagoe, Kawasaki, Naritasan Omote Sando, Kashima Jingu
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 20:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kashima Jingu ©
Kashima Jingu

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
You'll explore and learn at Yokohama Museum of Art and HARA Model Railway Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sankeien Gardens and Soji-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21, make a trip to Nipponmaru Memorial Park, examine the collection at Yokohama Port Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hommoku Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip planner.

Yokohama is very close to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Fuji.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:
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Kishamichi Promenade ©
Kishamichi Promenade
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens

2
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Mt.Fuji and Princess Kaguya museum. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Iwamotoyama Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto, stop by Fujikawa Parking Downline, head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, then stroll around Hiromi Park, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Obuchi Sasaba.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fuji online trip planner.

Drive from Yokohama to Fuji in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Fuji are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shizuoka
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Hiromi Park ©
Hiromi Park
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stop by Pontocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally walk around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Fuji to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Fuji in March, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Fukuyama

Fukuyama ©
A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Tomonoura Museum of History and Folklore, witness the site of a historic battle at Kogarasu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuzen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enfuku Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abuto Kannon (Bandai-ji Temple Kannondo), and finally examine the collection at Irohamaru Exhibition Building. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyamazumi Shrine, explore the world behind art at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jyodo Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at MOU Onomichi City University Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fukuyama trip itinerary site.

Drive from Kyoto to Fukuyama in 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Fukuyama are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Onomichi, Oyamazumi Shrine
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Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Oyamazumi Shrine
Kogarasu Shrine ©
Kogarasu Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Fukuyama to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Ono Church, then examine the collection at Endo Shusaku Literary Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shitsu Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki City Sotome Museum of History and Folklore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:
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Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture ©

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and finally stop by Misaki Town. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Hairumubushi Beach, see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in April: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Shiraho Beach ©
Shiraho Beach

3
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Katsuren Castle Ruins and Sakima Art Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Busena Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall (in Ogimi-son), Sun Marina Beach (in Onna-son) and Hiji Waterfall (in Kunigami-son). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, find something for the whole family at Southeast Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirumichu, and examine the collection at Okinawa City Music Museum Ongakumura.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Okinawa City with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uruma, Ginowan, Onna-son, Busena Beach, Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

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