25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
2
Kurashiki
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Nara
— 3 nights
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
6
Okinawa City
— 4 nights

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visiting Miyajima and Mt. Misen will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel planning website.

San Jose, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from San Jose to Hiroshima, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
nights
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Visiting Hattoji Furusatomura and Naoshima will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shikoku Mura Village and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Change things up with these side-trips from Kurashiki: Chichu Art Museum (in Naoshima-cho), Takamatsu (Ritsurin Garden & Yashima) and Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Former Yunoki Residence (Saiso-tei), and examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kurashiki sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kurashiki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hiroshima in November, Kurashiki is slightly colder at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takamatsu, Naoshima-cho, Kotohira-gu, Hattoji Furusatomura
Highlights from your plan
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu

5
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.
Visiting Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya and Yase Momiji no Komichi will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya, approximately Nagoya away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kurashiki to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokugawa Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kurozuka Kofun Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Koyasan Okunoin and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Torodo Temple (in Koya-cho), Gissan Memorial Museum (in Sakurai) and Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nara day trip planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kurozuka Kofun Museum, Byodoin, Gissan Memorial Museum, Kusuri no Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, stop by Kimono Me, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Lake Kawaguchi, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

4
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Visit Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Zakimi Castle Ruins for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center and Gallery Kiya. Explore Okinawa City's surroundings by going to Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Diamond Beach, &more) and Tsukenjima Beach (in Uruma). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kise Beach, get outside with Ikei Island Beach Camping Ground, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Okinawa City online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Okinawa City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Yomitan-son, Uruma, Michi-no-Eki Kadena, Sunset Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach

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