25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  12​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h 15​min
6
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + train:  5​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

2
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 list of things to see and do now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Tower, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pick up some new kitchen skills with JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukagawa Fudodo, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Fukagawa Fudodo ©
Fukagawa Fudodo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pola Museum of Art, Hakone Venetian Glass Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online route planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rainbow Bridge, teamLab Planets TOKYO, Archi-Depot Museum, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sensō-ji and Sengaku-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to teamLab Borderless and Ryogoku Kokugikan.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo visit website .

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 September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Archi-Depot Museum ©
Archi-Depot Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Fushimi Sake Village, Togetsukyo Bridge, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum and Higashi Hongan-ji Fushimi Betsuin Temple. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online vacation maker .

Getting from Yokohama to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
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 list of things to see and do now includes Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Shinsekai, Shitennoji, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsuyunoten Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shitennoji, then don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Namba Yasaka Shrine, see a show at National Bunraku Theater, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hōzen-ji Temple ©
Hōzen-ji Temple
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
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. On the 30th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, then examine the collection at 007 Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, and finally don't miss a visit to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ando Museum, explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, and then explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho road trip planning website .

Do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Lee Ufan Art Museun ©
Lee Ufan Art Museun

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Rainbow Bridge, teamLab Planets TOKYO, Archi-Depot Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, explore the world behind art at teamLab Planets TOKYO, then examine the collection at Archi-Depot Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Naoshima-cho to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Classes Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Archi-Depot Museum ©
Archi-Depot Museum
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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