25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday maker

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Tokyo
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Fukuchiyama
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Kyoto
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Shirahama-cho
— 3 nights
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Osaka
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Hakone-machi
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Skytree. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route tool.

Bangkok, Thailand to Tokyo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In July, Tokyo is slightly colder than Bangkok - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Omicho Market.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa journey planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukuchiyama.
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Fukuchiyama

— 2 nights
Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. Plan trip to Fukuchiyama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Fukuchiyama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Kyoto

— 3 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.
On the 15th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then see the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then stop by Arashiyama.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip app.

Take a train from Fukuchiyama to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Shirahama-cho

— 3 nights
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Adventure World and Mifune Ashiyu. Get out of town with these interesting Shirahama-cho side-trips: Kinokuni Farm (in Gobo) and Kisaikan Farmers Market (in Tanabe). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach, stroll through Sandambeki Rock Cliff, Head underground at Sandanbeki Cave, and take in the dramatic natural features at Senjojiki.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shirahama-cho trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Shirahama-cho by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days in Shirahama-cho, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and SpaWorld. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Hakutakarokusuien (in Nishinomiya), Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin.

Plan my day in Osaka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Take a train from Shirahama-cho to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Family-friendly places like Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Fuji-Q Highland will thrill your kids. When in Hakone-machi, make a side trip to see Fureai Pool Tamaho in Gotemba, approximately Gotemba away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Marudake, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi attractions website.

Getting from Osaka to Hakone-machi by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Osaka in July, with highs in Hakone-machi at 75°F and lows at 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks · Spas · Baths · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll around Ueno Park, then examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba, take a stroll through Akihabara, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.