25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 1 day
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train to Nagano, Bus to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Toyooka
— 1 night
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Himeji
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, Mori Building Digital Art Museum, Rainbow Bridge, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Hase-dera Temple and Shiba Daijingu. Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Kōtoku-in for their historical value. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Zaimokuza Beach in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, appreciate the history behind Unicorn Gundam Statue, and get in on the family fun at Gundam Front Tokyo.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Milan, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 day
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.
You've added Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, Nikko Futarasan jinja, Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nikko day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Nikko hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get outside with Kanazawa Minami Sports Park Rose Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, get outside with Shishiku Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura holiday maker tool.

Drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 13th (Fri), examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Takayama sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites

Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in January, Matsumoto is little chillier at night with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, hit the slopes at Ichinose Family Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kennin-ji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine (in Otsu), Iwashimizu Hachimangu (in Yawata) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyoto Ebisu Shrine, stop by Ninja Dojo and Store, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes · Shopping

Side Trips

Toyooka

— 1 night
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 23rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Okukannabe Ski Area, then stroll through Up Kannabe, then examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: highs in Toyooka hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Himeji

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Okunoin and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji route maker app.

You can take a train from Toyooka to Himeji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Toyooka, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 1 night
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hozomon, steep yourself in history at Toshogu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda, then explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Arona Spa.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.