25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive to Kure, Ferry to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Fly to Osaka Itami, Train to Shirahama-cho
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Shirahama-cho
— 1 day
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights

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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ueno District and Nezu Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chidorigafuchi and Asakusa Shrine. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, stroll around Kitanomaru Park, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planner.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, then steep yourself in history at Sanada House, and then contemplate the long history of Matsushiro.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagano trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Nagano to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Utatsu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Nagano to Kanazawa by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Kennin-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: stop by Ninja Dojo and Store, make a trip to Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki).

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Classes · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daishoin Temple and Peace Flame. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mitaki Temple and Bay Side Beach Saka. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Senjokaku). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama visit planning website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

Shirahama-cho

— 1 day
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kozenji Temple and then admire the striking features of Kampukuzen-ji Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Shirahama-cho online holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Matsuyama to Shirahama-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Shirahama-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho route planner.

Getting from Shirahama-cho to Koya-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shirahama-cho in April since evenings lows in Koya-cho dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nara journey planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. May in Nara sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Hitokura Park (in Kawanishi) and Takarazuka Outdoor Activity Center (in Takarazuka). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.