25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
1
Kumano-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Train:  4 h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
10
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Kumano-cho

Kumano-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Former Naval Academy, steep yourself in history at Wakaebisuya Historic Place, get great views at Takatoridai, then contemplate the long history of Mitarai Shitikyo Ochi Remains, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitarai Temmangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kameyama Shrine, browse the different shops at Fuji Grand Higashihiroshima, then sample the tasty concoctions at Kamotsuru Sake Brewery, then contemplate the long history of The Historical Remains of Ochaya - Honzin, and finally look for gifts at Kirei Sake Brewery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kumano-cho trip itinerary app .

Barcelona, Spain to Kumano-cho is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Kumano-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kumano-cho

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Higashihiroshima, Former Naval Academy
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Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Kameyama Shrine ©
Kameyama Shrine
Fuji Grand Higashi Hiroshima ©
Fuji Grand Higashi Hiroshima

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, and then take in the waterfront activity at Shibukawa Coast. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Omocha Okoku, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, then make a trip to Shimacoya, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho holiday planner .

You can drive from Kumano-cho to Naoshima-cho in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tamano
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Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Bay Side Beach Saka, then stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach.

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

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Bay Side Beach Saka
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 4th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nagasaki Bio Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Urakami Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Nagasaki. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Iojima Island, then don't miss a visit to Kazagashira Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Urakami Cathedral ©
Urakami Cathedral

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): wander the streets of Dotonbori, try out the rides at Spa World, and then let little ones run wild at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji, and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Nagasaki to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Yakusugi Land. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Kosugidani Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mocchomudake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho road trip app .

Getting from Osaka to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Mt. Mocchomudake ©
Mt. Mocchomudake

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari Taisha. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tanoura Beach and Matsumoto Mountai Pass. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho) and Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera, take a stroll through Gion, admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building, and take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Kyoto by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and train. Traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Matsumoto Mountai Pass, Tanoura Beach, Kaizu Osaki, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Watanabe Sake Brewery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kusakabe Folk Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, take an in-depth tour of Takayama Showa Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, then get a sense of history and politics at Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

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

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Hida
Highlights from your plan
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
night
Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Palcall Tsumagoi Resort Ski Area and then get in on the family fun at Karuizawa Toy Kingdom.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tsumagoi-mura day trip planner .

Getting from Takayama to Tsumagoi-mura by car takes about 4.5 hours. August in Tsumagoi-mura sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Karuizawa Toy Kingdom ©
Karuizawa Toy Kingdom

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along Nishinosato Promenade, explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, contemplate the waterfront views at Nanko Park, then explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, and finally steep yourself in history at Myokanji Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Shirakawa in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Shirakawa can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Myokanji Temple ©
Myokanji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), then browse the different shops at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, and finally have fun at Showa Kinen Park. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao, then head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Drive from Shirakawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Shirakawa in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Mt. Takao, Showa Kinen Park
Highlights from your plan
Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Ueno ©
Ueno

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