25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + ferry:  7​h 30​min
2
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h
3
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotonbori, Minami (Namba), Osaka Castle Park, and other attractions you added. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary app .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Osaka at 20°C and lows at 10°C. You will leave for Naoshima-cho on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

3
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naoshima as well as Ando Museum. On the 6th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Ando Museum and then head off the coast to Naoshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): admire the striking features of Art House Project, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Naoshima-cho online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Osaka to Naoshima-cho by combination of train, bus, and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Kobe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November in Kobe, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

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.
Kids will enjoy Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Monkey Park Iwatayama. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online vacation planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Kobe in September, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 8th (Sun), go for a walk through Tree-lined Road of Okanzakura and then enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya vacation builder app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Sengokuhara ©
Sengokuhara
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naeba Ski Resort. Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Urayasu, Naeba Ski Resort
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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