28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Izumo
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Shimojiiima Island and Irabu-jima Island. Get in touch with nature at Toguchi no Hama and Aragusuku Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima journey planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much hotter, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
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Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yabiji
Yabiji

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kaiji Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, stroll around Banna Park, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki journey planning app.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

1
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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho journey maker site.

Fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in November, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Takachiho-cho: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Wilson Stump. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho vacation planning tool.

Do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, expect Yakushima-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Jōmon Sugi ©
Jōmon Sugi

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Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and then step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Izumo online trip builder.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Izumo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get little chillier in Izumo: highs are around 60°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Senjokaku) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Izumo to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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Nikko

Nikko ©
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 some historical perspective at Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Nikko Tosho-gu. Step out of the city life by going to Ryuzu Waterfall and Yudaki Falls. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, make a trip to Nikko Station, go for a walk through Senjogahara Field, and contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate).

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko road trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nikko by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in November, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Popular historic sites such as Zojo-ji Temple and Hie Jinjya are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder app.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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