25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
3
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Nara
— 1 night
Drive
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive
10
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
11
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
12
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive
13
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
14
Nikko
— 1 night
Train
15
Sendai
— 1 night
Fly
16
Sapporo
— 1 night
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Ishigaki

— 2 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 2nd (Tue), visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then stroll through Yonehara Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki online driving holiday planner.

Chennai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Ishigaki is 3.5 hours. While traveling from Chennai, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Dejima.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in November, with highs in Nagasaki at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:

Hatsukaichi

— 1 night
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 5th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then walk around Momijidani Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hatsukaichi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Hiroshima is just a stone's throw from Hatsukaichi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Taiyo Park, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then hike along Mt Shosha hiking, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Osaka

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): browse the different shops at Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, then make a trip to Shinsekai, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

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 10th (Wed): make a trip to Daibutsuden, take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nara attractions planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya tour itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in November, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Tue), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, stop by Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then explore the galleries of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip maker app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 1 night
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, stroll through Kawaguchiko Natural Loving Centre, walk around Oishi Park, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and finally explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Fugaku Wind Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, then walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park, then make a trip to Oshino Hakkai, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Yamanaka.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi journey planning app.

You can drive from Takayama to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Takayama in November: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Ninomaru Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then take a stroll through Akihabara, and finally get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then visit Odaiba District, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, and finally get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Nikko

— 1 night
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 21st (Sun): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko day trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Akiu Fall, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge, then steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, then make a trip to Sendaijo Ato, and finally pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Sendai are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

Sapporo

— 1 night

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, make a trip to Sapporo Bier Garten, then make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, then don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

Start your trip to Sapporo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Sendai to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sendai in November; daily highs in Sapporo reach 6°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.