25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Ginza, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Shimoda

— 4 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Mount Fuji and Tatadohama Beach. Explore Shimoda's surroundings by going to Okuiro Beach (in Minamiizu-cho), Iwachi Beach (in Matsuzaki-cho) and Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Otago Beach, admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, explore the activities along Shirahama Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toi Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Shimoda trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shimoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Nijo Castle will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Takatsuki Forest Center (in Takatsuki). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online journey maker.

You can drive from Shimoda to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Shimoda in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima visit planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Spas. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, and stroll through Sukuji Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Nago citizen Beach (in Nago) and Onna-son (Blue Cave & Cape Maeda). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, see the vivid underwater world at Sesoko Labyrinth, enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach, and stroll through Akabaka Beach.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.