28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Buraidah
Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Takamatsu
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Shimoda
— 1 night
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Train:  7 h 45 min
6
Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Buraidah


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4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Taikodani Inari Shrine (in Tsuwano-cho), Oyamazumi Shrine (in Imabari) and Hatsukaichi (Kannondo Monjudo & Senjokaku). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker website.

Buraidah, Saudi Arabia to Hiroshima is an approximately 25- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Buraidah in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Okunoshima Island, Taikodani Inari Shrine, Oyamazumi Shrine
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

5
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Teshima Art Museum and Benesse House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Kotohira-gu and Kochi Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Tsukimigaoka Seaside Park (in Matsushige-cho), Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Shami Nakanda Beach Ruins, and explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Takamatsu trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Shami Nakanda Beach Ruins, Shibukawa Coast, Zentsu-ji Temple, Kochi Castle
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Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Hankyu Umeda Honten. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more), Uji (Byodoin & Mimurotoji Temple) and Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Uji, Osaka, Otsu, Horyu-ji Temple
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hikone Castle and Ise Shrine Geku. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nakasendo Magome-juku and Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Oharai-machi & Sarutahiko Shrine), Maibara (Mt. Ibuki & Jizo River) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). There's lots more to do: hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone, Maibara, Inuyama Castle, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku

1
night
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Yumigahama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Iritahama Beach, then kick back and relax at Tatadohama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shimoda online trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Shimoda by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Shimoda are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shimoda

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Yumigahama Beach
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Yumigahama Beach ©
Yumigahama Beach
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach

4
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Get some cultural insight at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village and Irie Takasago Kaizuka-kan. Escape the urban bustle at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Oyunuma. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Oshamanbe-cho (Shizukari Wetlands & Shizukari Beach), Sobetsu-cho (Sobetsu no Taki Waterfall & Showashinzan) and Utasai Beech Forests (in Kuromatsunai-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Shikotsu, identify plant and animal life at Tarumae Garo, see the interesting displays at Irie Takasago Kaizuka, and head outdoors with Furusato Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Shimoda to Noboribetsu in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Shimoda in August, expect Noboribetsu to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Tomakomai, Muroran, Oshamanbe-cho, Sobetsu-cho, Toyako-cho
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Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Oyunuma ©
Oyunuma
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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