25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  2 h
4
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+5
Train + Subway + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  6 h 45 min
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
9
Nago
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Seattle

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Nezu Shrine. Museum-lovers will appreciate Samurai Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ueno, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planning app .

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Tokyo is 17 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 62°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Nanzen-ji Temple and Toji. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Kurama-dera, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Koyasan Okunoin and Nigatsu-do Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Mt. Koya and Mt. Wakakusa will get you outdoors. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Byodoin (in Uji) and Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum, make a trip to Nara National Museum, and stroll the grounds of The Mausoleum of Emperor Shomu the Mausoleum of Empress Komei.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nara driving holiday app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. November in Nara sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Okayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Byodoin
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hachihama Hachiman Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saijo Inari. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sogen-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, steep yourself in history at Bizen no Kuni Sojagu, then make a trip to Ashimori, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Okayama using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Okayama when traveling from Nara in November, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ohara Museum of Art
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 20th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Anraku-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kure
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 22nd (Sun), head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Hiroshima to Iriomote-jima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and flight. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Iriomote-jima, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
On the 24th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Kabira Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel planning tool .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. November in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Visiting Sunayama Beach and Yabiji will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip maker app .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nago.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

1
night
Nago

Nago ©
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Busena Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, then make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nago trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nago takes 4 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, Nago is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nago

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach

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