25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sapporo
1
Sapporo
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
End: Tokyo

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). On the 18th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Sapporo Teine. The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, and head outdoors with Mt. Okura Observatory.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip maker .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport and Hakodate Airport. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Jigokudani, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Lake Shikotsu
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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 19th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and finally kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online day trip planner .

Getting from Sapporo to Hiroshima by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May, Hiroshima is somewhat warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
On the 25th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

Before you visit Takayama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 30th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

Plan my day in Tokyo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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