28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Izumo
— 2 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Suntory Museum of Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hase-dera Temple and Kokyo Gaien National Garden. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo online journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Yakushido. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ryuzu Waterfall and Yomeimon (Main Gate). Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko attractions site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Visiting Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, walk around Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki route planner.

You can fly from Nikko to Ishigaki in 7.5 hours. While traveling from Nikko, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shimojiiima Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island and take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Yakushima-cho in 9.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in November: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 70°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
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Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and then explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, make a trip to Former Taisha Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Izumo trip itinerary planning website.

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, expect Izumo to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

3
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Senjokaku). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip maker.

You can drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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