25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Mitaka
— 1 night
3
Izu
— 1 night
4
Nagasaki
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
8
Nara
— 2 nights
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
10
Kanazawa
— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Robot Restaurant as well as Ninja Food Tours. On the 3rd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and finally gain insight with Ninja Food Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Robot Restaurant.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 51°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Mitaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Mitaka

Mitaka ©
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then walk around Inokashira Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindai-ji Temple, and finally walk around Nogawa Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Mitaka City Gallery Of Art, then take a stroll through Kichijoji, and then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mitaka driving holiday planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Mitaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Mitaka are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musashino, Jindai-ji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Kichijoji ©
Kichijoji
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

1
night
Izu

Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Onsen Resorts as well as Joren Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Izu online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Mitaka to Izu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mitaka in February since evenings lows in Izu dip to 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Nagasaki.

Things to do in Izu

Baths · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:
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Onsen Resorts
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall

1
night
Nagasaki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Orizuru no Tower, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Museum of Traditional Performing Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Izu to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Izu in February since evenings lows in Nagasaki dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Takinokoji, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Himeji is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, walk around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and browse the exhibits of Tegarayama Exchange Station.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Himeji are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka online journey planner.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nara Park. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then look for gifts at Jissun, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Animal Shelter Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nara tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: The Tower of the Sun (in Suita) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and look for gifts at Otabe Honkan.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online visit planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Dotombori District, The Tower of the Sun
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) & Takayama Jinya) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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