25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Izu
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Dubai

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Hiroshima is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Hiroshima. In December, Hiroshima is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip maker .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kofuku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 21st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the next day, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa journey maker website .

Getting from Osaka to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings will thrill your kids. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Izu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Bring the kids along to Fuji-Q Highland and Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach). When in Izu, make a side trip to see Gotemba Premium Outlets in Gotemba, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Shuzenji Nijino Sato, look for all kinds of wild species at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, cruise along Nishiizu Skyline, and contemplate the long history of Shuzen-ji Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Izu trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Izu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Izu, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), Gotemba Premium Outlets, Fuji-Q Highland
Highlights from your plan
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Shuzenji Nijino Sato ©
Shuzenji Nijino Sato

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, and finally get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then stroll through Otaru Canal, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Izu to Sapporo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Izu in December, expect Sapporo to be much colder, temps between 0°C and -2°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park
Odori Park ©
Odori Park

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