25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Ise
— 2 nights
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Toyooka
— 1 night
7
Himeji
— 3 nights
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights

5
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.
Kanda Myojin and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple) and Nezu Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oyama Shrine and Ninja Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art and Kanazawa Noh Museum. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Ise Ninja Kingdom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanoiwaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matsuo Kanonji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Okageza.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ise trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Ise in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Ise. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, take an in-depth tour of Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, see the interesting displays at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taiji-cho, Shingu
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall ©
Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

4
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Kennin-ji Temple and Kyoto Railway Museum. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in January, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ankokuji Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Izushi Castle Town, and finally examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Toyooka trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Toyooka, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Ankokuji Temple ©
Ankokuji Temple

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Himeji Castle and Anji Kamo Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Japan Toy Museum and Shosha Handicraft Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osakabe Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Himeji Walk Street of Art, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and examine the collection at Azuki Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Himeji, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Toyooka in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Himeji, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Shosha Handicraft Museum ©
Shosha Handicraft Museum
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Anji Kamo Shrine ©
Anji Kamo Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Mitaki Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

Similar plans

28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM TAIWAN November, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, extra slow, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Extra slow 57 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, kids, popular sights Preferences: September, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 33 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans