25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima

— 2 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima and Miyama Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Honkawa Peace Museum and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Onomichi (Ushitora Shrine, Jyodo Shrine, &more) and Outdoor Trips (in Hatsukaichi). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hiroshima is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Panasonic Museum, then see the interesting displays at Expo'70 Pavilion, then take in the history at Catholic Osaka Umeda Church, and finally stop by Kitashinchi. On the next day, examine the collection at Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, then contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, and finally admire the striking features of Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Wed), admire the striking features of Koyasan Kondomae, steep yourself in history at Rokkaku Kyozo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joju-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miedo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shojoshin-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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.
On the 26th (Fri), learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, see the interesting displays at Okumura Commemorative Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kaidan-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkeji Temple, admire the striking features of Zuto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ukimido, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokondo.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Nara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Honen-in and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Get some cultural insight at Shisendo Temple and Koetsuji Temple. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Nanzenji Suirokaku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and don't miss a visit to Shakuzoji Temple Kuginukijizo.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto vacation planner.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the striking features of Seinan Sumiyagura, pause for some serene contemplation at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ueno Temman Shrine, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally steep yourself in history at Mitsuzoin Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): test the waters at Tennenonsen Kaio, then make a trip to Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daijoji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, get a dose of the wild on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, then examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Castle Ishikawa Gate, and finally contemplate the long history of Kinkengu Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa holiday maker app.

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hozomon and Higo-Hosokawa Garden. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nissan Crossing and Yamatane Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Train and Bus Museum (in Kawasaki), Yokohama (Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, The Home of Diplomat, &more) and Nipponmaru Memorial Park (in Minatomirai). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, examine the collection at JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque, relax and rejuvenate at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo, and stroll around Kitanomaru Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker site.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:

Hirosaki

— 2 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
On the 9th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Takaoka no Mori Historical Museum of Hirosaki Clan, then examine the collection at Dashi Museum, then steep yourself in history at Former Umeda Family Residence, and finally contemplate the long history of Western Style Architecture. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Old Osanai Family Residence, then trek along Mt. Iwaki Lifts, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Dake Onsenkyo.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hirosaki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Hirosaki at 1°C and lows at -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Inasayama Onsen Fuku no yu, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hirosaki to Nagasaki by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hirosaki in December, with highs in Nagasaki at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Aomori Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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