25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Yokohama
— 1 day
train:  30​min
3
Kamakura
— 1 night
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fukushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Koya-cho
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
10
Hiroshima
— 1 night
11
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
13
Kusatsu
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
14
Narita
— 1 night
train + Fly:  17​h
End: Wellington

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and Hikawa Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Shrine and Kanda Myojin. Venture out of the city with trips to Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (in Kawagoe) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at teamLab Borderless, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), take a stroll through Marunouchi, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

Make your Tokyo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Wellington, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Wellington in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hikawa Shrine, Kichijoji, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hikawa Shrine ©
Hikawa Shrine

1
day
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, engage your brain at Yokohama Science Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama tour planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Yokohama by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Science Center ©
Yokohama Science Center

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kamakura itinerary builder website .

Kamakura is just a short distance from Yokohama. Traveling from Yokohama in September, you will find days in Kamakura are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip website .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Choanji Temple ©
Choanji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Kanaya Hotel History House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takinoo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Urami Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, explore the activities along Sainoko Lake, stroll through Odashirogahara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, and finally look for gifts at Nikko Okaki Factory.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nikko route builder app .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. October in Nikko sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

2
nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): try to win big at Fukushima Race Course, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kanuma Nature Hiking Course. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Bikki Numa, examine the collection at Fukushima City Minka-en, head outdoors with Nakanofudoson, then buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Fukushima, and finally contemplate the long history of Fukushima Inari Shrine.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fukushima itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Fukushima in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nikko in October, Fukushima is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fukushima

Fun & Games Casinos Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Fukushima Race Course ©
Fukushima Race Course
Fukushima Inari Shrine ©
Fukushima Inari Shrine
S-Pal Fukushima ©
S-Pal Fukushima

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 6th (Sun), take a stroll through Odaiba, then take a stroll through Marunouchi, and then contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fukushima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Traveling from Fukushima in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Toshodaiji Temple and Yakushi-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nigatsu-do Temple and Osaka Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Yoshikien & Nara National Museum). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
You've now added Koyasan Okunoin to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, then look for gifts at Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho online holiday maker .

You can take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 11th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then take a stroll through Kamiyacho, and finally browse the different shops at Asse.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Kurama and Nishi Honganji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kifune Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, look for gifts at Hanakomichi, examine the collection at Japan Radio Museum, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Matsumoto trip website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 21°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kusatsu.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

1
day
Kusatsu

Kusatsu ©
Kusatsu is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kusatsujuku Honjin, take in nature's colorful creations at Aquatic Plants Garden Mizunomori, then examine the collection at Lake Biwa Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sandai Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kusatsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kusatsu takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, expect Kusatsu to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Narita.

Things to do in Kusatsu

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sandai Shrine ©
Sandai Shrine
Lake Biwa Museum ©
Lake Biwa Museum

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.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Makata Shrine, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then stop by Peanuts no Kimuraya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari), and finally contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Narita itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kusatsu to Narita. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine

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