25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 day
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Toyama
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Nagano
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
5
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Yamanashi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Kita
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
10
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle and then wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsuruma Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nagoya road trip app .

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

1
day
Shirakawa-mura

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.
You've now added The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura day trip app .

You can drive from Nagoya to Shirakawa-mura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Toyama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Nisekiji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Botanic Gardens of Toyama, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Traditional Townscape of Iwase. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nisekiji Temple and then stroll through Kaiomaru Park.

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

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Toyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nisekiji Temple, Kaiomaru Park
Highlights from your plan
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum
Nisekiji Temple ©
Nisekiji Temple

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Matsumoto Castle, and other attractions. On the 15th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagano travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Toyama to Nagano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Toyama in December since evenings lows in Nagano dip to 0°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Matsumoto Castle, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip planner .

You can drive from Nagano to Hakuba-mura in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. December in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

1
night
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Kawaguchi, Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and Narusawa Ice Cave. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Narusawa Ice Cave and then admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yamanashi holiday builder .

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Yamanashi in 3 hours. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Yamanashi. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Narusawa Ice Cave, Asagiri Plateau
Highlights from your plan
Asagiri Plateau ©
Asagiri Plateau
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

4
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shibuya Cat Street, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Meijijingu Gaien, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Samurai Museum. There's more to do: make a trip to The Tsukiji Market and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yamanashi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. When traveling from Yamanashi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ueno ©
Ueno
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nishiki Market, Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, and other attractions. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Pontocho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minami (Namba) as well as Pokemon Center Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Pokemon Center Osaka and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kita trip planner.

Kita is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Minoo Park
Highlights from your plan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Minoo Park ©
Minoo Park
Pokemon Center Osaka ©
Pokemon Center Osaka

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Miyajima has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kita to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Tosu Premium Outlets, Ohori Park, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, contemplate the long history of Yatai, then look for gifts at Marinoa City Fukuoka, and finally let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka route maker app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 4th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Tosu Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Momochi Seaside Park ©
Momochi Seaside Park
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park ©
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Maizuru Park ©
Maizuru Park

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