25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
3
Okayama
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
8
Narita
— 1 night
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Zurich

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.
You've added Sega Akihabara 1st, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, Super Potato Akihabara, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Harajuku Station, stroll around Ueno Park, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online journey planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

3
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 Osaka Castle Park, Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery, Kids Plaza Osaka, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Osaka Castle Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Childrens Museums Museums Parks

Side Trip

Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Castle Park ©
Osaka Castle Park
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

3
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Naoshima. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden and step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Okayama itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Okayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naoshima, Himeji Castle, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
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Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

6
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 Sanjusangendo Temple, Chion-in Temple, Kyoto Handicraft Center, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Okayama to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. You've now added Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sat), hike along Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nakatsugawa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Nakatsugawa to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, teamLab Borderless, Toyosu Market, and other attractions you added. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Explore Tokyo further: take a stroll through Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Nikko Tosho-gu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Narita.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Narita trip planner .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Narita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Narita: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
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