25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
5
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

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 Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Yoyogi Park and Mori Art Museum. There's more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip builder.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Enryakuji Temple Amida Do, Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Enryakuji Temple Amida Do
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji 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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Hozenji Yokocho, Minami (Namba) and Universal Studios Japan. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Get some cultural insight at Toshodai-ji Temple and Osaka Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Rokuen, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Kongobu-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: visit Dotombori District.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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.
Natureguide Fivesense has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Sanmachi Suji and Takayama Festival (Autumn).

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Nagano.

Things to do in Takayama

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Natureguide Fivesense
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then get outside with Shigakogen Plateau.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagano road trip tool.

Take a train from Takayama to Nagano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Nagano are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Nikko.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Taiyuimbyo Shrine has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nagano in October, Nikko is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pola Museum of Art, The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), Senso-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), thenwander the streets of Ueno District, and finally make a trip to Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip app.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ueno District ©
Ueno District
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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