25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  15​h
End: Dubai

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Tokyo, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takayama holiday site .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto Castle, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto sightseeing website .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Himeji

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Awaga Shrine (in Asago). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, make a trip to Daisen Outlook, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daisen Outlook, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Kuma
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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