25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Shiojiri
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
10
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Kiso-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yanaka, Kyu Fukukawa Teien, Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien, and other attractions you added. On the 20th (Sun), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. On your second day here, take a stroll through Yanaka, pick up some new knowledge with Mokuhankan, and then take a stroll through Ueno.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Detroit to Tokyo. Traveling from Detroit in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ueno ©
Ueno
Kyu Fukukawa Teien ©
Kyu Fukukawa Teien

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.
You've now added Oze National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Oze National Park and then contemplate the long history of Hongu Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oze National Park
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Oze National Park ©
Oze National Park
Chuzenji Temple ©
Chuzenji Temple

2
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
On the 24th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiszenji Temple, get a new perspective on nature at Fujisan Museum, don't miss a visit to Arayayama Shrine, then make a trip to Arakurayama Sengen Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Suzuhara Amatersu Dai Shrine, hike along Fujinomiya Route, then make a trip to Jiun-ji Temple, then get in on the family fun at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa, and finally steep yourself in history at Oshi Residence (Former Togawa Residence).

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Fujiyoshida itinerary planner.

Getting from Nikko to Fujiyoshida by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nikko in October, expect nights in Fujiyoshida to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Koshu, Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, Fujinomiya Route
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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Arakurayama Sengen Park ©
Arakurayama Sengen Park
Daiszenji Temple ©
Daiszenji Temple

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Koyasan Reihokan Museum as well as Koyasan Okunoin. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ruins of Akagi Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Doro River Valley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateriko Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Koyasan Kondomae.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Koya-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koya-cho: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 63°F at night. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Doro River Valley, Tateriko Shrine, Ruins of Akagi Castle
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

Start your trip to Nachikatsura-cho by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Fudarakusanji Temple ©
Fudarakusanji Temple

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple and then get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, then make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ninja Temple as well as Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum. Get some cultural insight at Ainokura Gassho Community and Natadera Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Suganuma Gassho Community and Kakusenkei Gorge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Gokayama (in Nanto). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Musashigatsuji Kuromonkoji Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa journey maker tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Natadera Temple, Kakusenkei Gorge
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

1
day
Shiojiri

Shiojiri ©
Shiojiri is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 66,801 and a population density of 230 persons per km². Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Michi-no-Eki Narai Kiso No Ohashi. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Naraijuku and then get answers to all your questions at Michi-no-Eki Narai Kiso No Ohashi.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Shiojiri travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Shiojiri takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Shiojiri are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kiso-mura.

Things to do in Shiojiri

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 3rd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

1
night
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 5th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Karuizawa Station Building Memorial and then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, things will get a bit cooler in Karuizawa-machi: highs are around 54°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kiso-mura.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tomioka, Nunobiki Kannon, Ike no Taira Shitsugen
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Myogi Shrine ©
Myogi Shrine
Ichinomiya Nukisaki Shrine ©
Ichinomiya Nukisaki Shrine
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

2
nights
Kiso-mura

Kiso-mura
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kiso-mura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shiojiri to Kiso-mura in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Kiso-mura

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Norikura
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

2
nights
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Tsumago Tourism Association Tourist Information Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Former Kimura Residence and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iwamura Historical Town.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagiso-machi trip builder app .

Getting from Kiso-mura to Nagiso-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ena, Atera Valley
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Atera Valley ©
Atera Valley

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson). On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River, then step into the grandiose world of Yamanaka Castle Ruins, and finally make a trip to Kiunkaku.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip builder app .

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Nagiso-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hakone-machi, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Mishima, Kiunkaku, Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson), Nature & Wildlife Tours, Oyama Afuri Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
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Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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