25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Himeji
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Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Kiunkaku. Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Odawara Castle will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Gotemba Premium Outlets in Gotemba, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker website.

Montreal, Canada to Hakone-machi is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from Montreal to Hakone-machi, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in May, Hakone-machi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Visit Imperial Palace and Tokyo Central Railway Station for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Popular historic sites such as The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Kanazawa Castle are in your itinerary. Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Kanazawa, make a side trip to see Wada House in Shirakawa-mura, approximately Shirakawa-mura away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and visit Nagamachi Neighborhood.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kanazawa visit planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tokyo in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sefa-Utaki and Makishi Public Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and The Tower of Himeyuri (in Itoman). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Kokusaidori and buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Naha takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In June, Naha is somewhat warmer than Kanazawa - with highs of 85°F and lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Change things up with a short trip to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday planner.

Fly from Naha to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In June, Hiroshima is a bit cooler than Naha - with highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Dotombori District. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum in Osaka--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en and then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Himeji hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 69°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Japan travel guide

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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.