25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
10
Shirakawa-mura
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Takayama
— 2 nights
train + bus:  4​h 45​min
12
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
13
Matsumoto
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
14
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
15
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
16
Nikko
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
17
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo. Traveling from Vancouver in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji online trip builder .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker site .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in April, Kyoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums
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Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Hosomi Museum ©
Hosomi Museum

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto attractions planning site .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

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 10th (Fri): get your game on at Ninja-Do and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Classes Fun & Games
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 11th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo 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.
For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Koya-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Takayama.
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Kanazawa Station ©
Kanazawa Station

few
hours
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, steep yourself in history at Wada House, and then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary app .

Drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course and then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): wander the streets of Nakamachi Street and then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
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Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

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nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 18th (Sat), make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and then explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take a stroll through Akihabara.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planner .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and walk around Ueno Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online holiday planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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