25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Fuji
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), take in the views from Ebisu Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Belfast, UK to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in May: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 5th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kanazawa by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. June in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Okazaki Shuzo Brewery, then get to know the fascinating history of Shinshu Ueda Hokkaku Kaido Yanagimachi, then step into the grandiose world of Ueda Castle, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Ueda Joseki Park. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, then gain interesting insight with Snow Monkey Resorts, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
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 8th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Matsumoto i Design Fashion Institute of Technology, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through Nakamachi Street.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour planner.

You can drive from Nagano to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nara.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaidan-do, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokondo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nara by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Matsumoto in June, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 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 in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Fuji

— 6 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Fuji: Shizuoka (Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, Shizuoka castle, &more), Court Doll Master Hisashige Ito XII Museum (in Nagaizumi-cho) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fuji travel planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Fuji by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fuji, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fuji in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
Highlights from your trip

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.