25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route maker

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shiojiri
— 1 day
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
10
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive
11
Kiso-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
You've added Yanaka District, Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Yanaka District, then take in the exciting artwork at Mokuhankan, and then take a stroll through Ueno District.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool.

Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Detroit to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Nikko

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Oze National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oze National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hongu Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Fujiyoshida

— 2 nights
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): engage your brain at Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiszenji Temple, learn more about the world around you at Fujisan Museum, don't miss a visit to Arayayama Shrine, then walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Suzuhara Amatersu Dai Shrine, hike along Fujinomiya Route, don't miss a visit to Jiun-ji Temple, then find something for the whole family at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa, and finally steep yourself in history at Oshi Residence (Former Togawa Residence).

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fujiyoshida online journey planner.

Drive from Nikko to Fujiyoshida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Koyasan Reihokan Museum as well as Koyasan Okunoin. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ruins of Akagi Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Doro River Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateriko Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Koyasan Kondomae.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho attractions planner.

Getting from Fujiyoshida to Koya-cho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, you will find days in Koya-cho are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho road trip app.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple and then get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder website.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ninja Temple as well as Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum. Popular historic sites such as Natadera Temple and Maruoka Castle are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga) and Gokayama (in Nanto). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and don't miss a visit to Kazuemachi Tea House Street.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shiojiri.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Shiojiri

— 1 day
Shiojiri is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 66,801 and a population density of 230 persons per km². Michi-no-Eki Narai Kiso No Ohashi has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Naraijuku and then get advice or help at Michi-no-Eki Narai Kiso No Ohashi.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shiojiri trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Shiojiri takes 4 hours. When traveling from Kanazawa in November, plan for little chillier days in Shiojiri, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shiojiri

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning tool.

Getting from Shiojiri to Tokyo by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Shiojiri in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 5th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Karuizawa Station Building Memorial and then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi trip planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, things will get a bit cooler in Karuizawa-machi: highs are around 54°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kiso-mura.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Kiso-mura

— 2 nights
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kiso-mura holiday planner.

Drive from Karuizawa-machi to Kiso-mura in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Kiso-mura

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Nagiso-machi

— 2 nights
You've now added Tsumago Tourism Association Tourist Information Center to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Former Kimura Residence and then get to know the fascinating history of Iwamura Historical Town.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagiso-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kiso-mura to Nagiso-machi takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Nagiso-machi can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson). Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River, then explore the ancient world of Yamanaka Castle Ruins, and finally don't miss a visit to Kiunkaku.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online vacation maker.

Drive from Nagiso-machi to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hakone-machi when traveling from Nagiso-machi in November, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

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.