25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Whitehorse
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Kita
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Koya-cho
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Kita
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 30 min
8
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
12
Nikko
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
13
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
14
Kita
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  40 h
End: Whitehorse

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
You've now added Osaka Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kita route maker website .

Whitehorse, Canada to Kita is an approximately 16.5-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 17 hours traveling from Whitehorse to Kita. While traveling from Whitehorse, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Kita, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kita

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

few
hours
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Mt. Koya has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip planning app .

Getting from Kita to Koya-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kita.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Nature Parks
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kita visit app .

Drive from Koya-cho to Kita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
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 Gion, Nishiki Market, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and then wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kita. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

1
day
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.
Kasuga Grand Shrine has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nara, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto
To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planning app .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
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 Castle has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): go for a walk through Himeji Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Takayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Go for a jaunt from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura to see The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses about 56 minutes away.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Takayama online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Takayama, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
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1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You've now added Matsumoto Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yudanaka Onsen.

Plan trip to Yamanouchi-machi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Yamanouchi-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Spas Baths
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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 Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Joypolis, Akihabara, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ueno ©
Ueno

few
hours
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Nikko hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo route app .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nikko in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Kita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

1
night
Kita

Kita
For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kita trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Kita

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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