25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 7th (Wed), examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gunkanjima - Hashima, head off the coast to Hashima Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki sightseeing planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Nagasaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in April, things will get a bit warmer in Nagasaki: highs are around 22°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima route builder tool.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at View Matsuho no Sato, get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take some stellar pictures from Awajihanasajiki, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Dotombori District, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and admire the landmark architecture of Kiyomizu-dera Temple Niomon.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, get a dose of the wild on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in the exciting artwork at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, then steep yourself in history at Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Wada House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take in the views from Deai Bridge, and finally get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Takayama itinerary builder.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Takayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 24th (Sat), walk around Onshi Hakone Park, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally trek along Hakone Stoneā€paved Road.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi online holiday planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route website.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.