25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Mitaka
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Izu
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Chicago

3
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 Robot Restaurant as well as Ninja Food Tours. On the 3rd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and finally gain insight with Ninja Food Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Robot Restaurant.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 51°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Mitaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Mitaka

Mitaka ©
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then walk around Inokashira Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindai-ji Temple, and finally walk around Nogawa Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Mitaka City Gallery Of Art, then take a stroll through Kichijoji, and then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mitaka driving holiday planning app.

Mitaka is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In February, daytime highs in Mitaka are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musashino, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Jindai-ji Temple
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Kichijoji ©
Kichijoji
Inokashira Park ©
Inokashira Park

1
night
Izu

Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Onsen Resorts as well as Joren Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Izu online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Mitaka to Izu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mitaka in February since evenings lows in Izu dip to 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Nagasaki.

Things to do in Izu

Spas Nature Parks
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Onsen Resorts
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall

1
night
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Orizuru no Tower, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Museum of Traditional Performing Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Izu to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Izu in February since evenings lows in Nagasaki dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Takinokoji, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take some stellar pictures from Ebayama Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning site.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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 is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Himeji online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Himeji are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka online journey planner.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then look for gifts at Jissun, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Animal Shelter Zoo.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori (in Dotombori) and The Tower of the Sun (in Suita). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and look for gifts at Otabe Honkan.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online visit planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Dotombori, The Tower of the Sun
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) & Takayama Jinya) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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