25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
7
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Daimaru Museum Umeda. Step off the beaten path and head to Arima Onsen and Food Tours. Step out of Osaka to go to Ikeda and see CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Visiting Mt. Kurama and Hayazaki Biotop will get you outdoors. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Kaizu Osaki in Takashima--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Pontocho, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Mon) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Hayazaki Biotop, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Kaizu Osaki
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 7th (Mon), make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community and then wander the streets of Gokayama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and then walk around Green Park Yoshiime.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa journey builder website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Green Park Yoshiime
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Green Park Yoshiime ©
Green Park Yoshiime
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kamikochi Tourism Center as well as Hirayu Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hirayu Onsen, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamikochi Tourism Center, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
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Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! ©
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
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.
To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto day trip website .

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): wander the streets of Odaiba, then look for gifts at Stockplus, and then take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
University of Tokyo ©
University of Tokyo
Stockplus ©
Stockplus

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): hike along Odashirogahara, explore the activities along Sainoko Lake, and then contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Nikko Okaki Factory.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Trails
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Shop till you drop at Pola Museum of Art and teamLab Borderless. Get some cultural insight at Ueno and The Railway Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Hakone Shisseikaen (in Hakone-machi) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Yanaka, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Jizodo Temple Waterfall, Mt. Mitake, The Railway Museum
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Ueno ©
Ueno

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