25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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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.
Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately Mitaka away. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, brush up on your military savvy at Yushukan, wander the streets of Akihabara, and browse the exhibits of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planner.

Belgrade, Serbia to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Belgrade to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Belgrade in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the pleasant sights at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, and finally see the interesting displays at Oya History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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.
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and Prince & Skyline Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Mt. Nagamine and Mt. Tsubakuro. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura), Shimosuwa-machi (Harmo Art Museum & Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo) and Ilf Doga Museum (in Okaya). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, get engrossed in the history at Japan Folklore Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and stroll through Larch Forests In Kamikochi area.

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You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some historical perspective at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Wada House. Museum-lovers will get to explore Dolls Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Watagataki Falls (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa-ken Insectarium.

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Take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Koya-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Koya-cho, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

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.