25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Nara
— Few hours
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  5​h 30​min
8
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
9
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
10
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
11
Yokohama
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
12
Shimoda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

3
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.
You've added Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku, Bon Voyage, Nezu Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sensō-ji and Ginza. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Meguro River.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Houston to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Houston - with highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Gotemba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Sakuda Beach, Coconut Makuhari Hongo
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin

3
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiraito Falls and Spas. Visit Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine and Jiun-ji Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujiyoshida: Fujinomiya (Wakajishi Shrine & Lake Tanuki), Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center (in Tsuru) and Fuji (Fujirokushosengen Shrine & Hiromi Park). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen).

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujiyoshida journey planner.

Fujiyoshida is very close to Gotemba. June in Fujiyoshida sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Fuji, Jiun-ji Temple, Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Spas

2
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.
You've added Homare, Toji, Tenryuji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Wed), do sightseeing your way with Homare, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, and finally gear up at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Smile Rafting Tour, Universal Studios Japan and Kimono Photo Studio Plaza Ai. On the 20th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at Kimono Photo Studio Plaza Ai, get a new perspective on things with Big Smile Rafting Tour, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, then admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino, and finally explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and then don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Big Smile Rafting Tour, Waterfall of Mino
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

few
hours
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.
To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nara attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 72°F. On the 16th (Sun), you're off toKobe.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, steep yourself in history at Shukugawa Catholic Church, then explore the world behind art at Otani Memorial Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mukashi No Sakagura Sawa No Tsuru Shiryokan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe tour planner .

Getting from Nara to Kobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Amore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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.
You've added Sandan-kyo, Paddle Park, SAMURAI NINJA THEATRE, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing planning tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mochiishi Seacoast, Sandan-kyo, Okunoshima Island
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Matsumoto using our trip planner.

Getting from Fujiyoshida to Matsumoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Wadano no Mori Church, and then fly down the slopes at Hakuba.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hakuba Jump Arena ©
Hakuba Jump Arena

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
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 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, stop by Yawataya Isogoro Honten, examine the collection at Mizuno Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sanada House, and finally steep yourself in history at Matsushiro. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Daihongan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagano holiday builder tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Hakuba-mura to Nagano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Before you visit Yokohama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Tokyo to Yokohama by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

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nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 26th (Wed), kick back and relax at Kujupama Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirahama Jinja Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kisami Ohama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Iritahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nabetahama Beach, contemplate the long history of Perry Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chorakuji, and finally stop by Ogiso Shoten Honten.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shimoda travel route app .

You can take a train from Yokohama to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Shimoda can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shirahama Jinja Shrine ©
Shirahama Jinja Shrine
Perry Road ©
Perry Road
Chorakuji ©
Chorakuji

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Nakano Broadway, Tokyo National Museum, Robot Restaurant, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, browse the different shops at Nakano Broadway, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Amit Trading Pearls, then explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), get curious at Science Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hongo Central Church.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning site .

Take a train from Nara to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nara in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 67°F in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Robot Restaurant ©
Robot Restaurant

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