25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  8​h
1
Tokyo
— 10 nights
train:  3​h
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— Few hours
train:  1​h
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

10
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 Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Event Corner at Shinjuku Staion West Square, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno and Samurai Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

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

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 18°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nikko, Hakone-machi, Sumidagawa River Terrace, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Matsumoto Castle. On the 22nd (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planning website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Matsumoto at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Omicho Market, Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, Kenrokuen Garden, and other attractions. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, Harada Sake Brewery, Higashiyama Walking Course, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: take in some culture at Takayama Festival (Autumn), admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Harada Sake Brewery.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Events Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

few
hours
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You've now added Nagoya Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Sakae.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip builder tool .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Tea Ceremony Ju-An, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Railway Museum and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Gion.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Universal Studios Japan, Shinsekai, Sunset Owl Cafe, and other attractions. Appreciate the collections at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Glico Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Nara Park. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Chuo to see Kobe Animal Kingdom about 54 minutes away.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka route maker app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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