28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Okinawa City
— 3 nights
Bus to 県庁前駅, Fly to Osaka
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tottori
— 5 nights
Fly
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Furano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rusutsu-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otaru
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Okinawa City

— 3 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Emerald Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Okinawa City: Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho), Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Southeast Botanical Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Okinawa Zoo & Museum, make a trip to American Village, and look for gifts at Kaboten no Mise Nakasone.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Okinawa City trip planner.

Hong Kong, China to Okinawa City is an approximately 19.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Okinawa City is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Kyoto (Musubi Kyoto, Sanjusangendo Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Okinawa City to Osaka in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Odaiba District make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder.

You can fly from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tottori.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Tottori

— 5 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Matsue Castle and Watanabe Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tottori side-trips: Buke Yashiki (in Matsue), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki (in Kami-cho). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Tottori Sand Dunes, and admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tottori travel planning site.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Tottori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Tottori are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Furano.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Furano

— 2 nights
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, then stop by Campana Rokkatei, and then admire the natural beauty at Garden of Wind. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Tomita Melon House, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Zerubunoka Atomunooka.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Furano online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tottori to Furano takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tottori in August; daily highs in Furano reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rusutsu-mura.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Rusutsu-mura

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Sun), play a few rounds at Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park, then stroll around Fukidashi Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Rusutsu Resort Ski.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rusutsu-mura day trip app.

You can drive from Furano to Rusutsu-mura in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Rusutsu-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Otaru

— 1 night

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to JR Otaru Station, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Otaru Aquarium, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Otaru trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Rusutsu-mura to Otaru takes 2 hours. In August in Otaru, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Bring the kids along to Odori Park and Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, wander the streets of Susukino, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo travel route site.

Getting from Otaru to Sapporo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Tottori Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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