25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
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Shizuoka
— 1 night
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Ise
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Nara
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Naha
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market as well as Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. Take a break from the city and head to Kamiyatsuno Okusuu and Rock Garden. Visit The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Tokyo Central Railway Station for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Minamisawa Ajisai Mountain in Akiruno (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, see Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and stop by Akihabara.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday tool.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Yokohama.
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Yokohama — 2 nights

Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, make a trip to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yokohama attractions app.

Getting from Tokyo to Yokohama by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Shizuoka.
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Shizuoka — 1 night

With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Shizuoka City Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, take a peaceful walk through Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Higashi Gomon Gate, and finally step into the grandiose world of Shizuoka castle.

Plan trip to Shizuoka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Yokohama to Shizuoka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yokohama in May: highs in Shizuoka hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.
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Nagoya — 2 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally wander the streets of Sakae. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, delve into the lush surroundings at Shimin Shiki no Mori, explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Bizin-Yu Kakamigahara, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kasen Kankyo Rakuen.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Shizuoka to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Nagoya sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ise.
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Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ise day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Ise are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.
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Nara

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nara journey builder.

Drive from Ise to Nara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Ise in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Nara, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Gion. Change things up with a short trip to Miho Museum in Koka (about 52 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Kyoto, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.
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Osaka — 3 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.
Universal Studios Japan has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Osaka Castle and Dotombori District. Museum-lovers will appreciate Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Kobe Fashion Museum, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, and don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka travel planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.
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Fukuoka — 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, go for a walk through Ohori Park, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally stop by Nakasu District.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online travel planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Naha.
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Gahijima Sand Dune and Nirai Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Nishibama Beach and Tropical Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Toguchi Beach (in Yomitan-son), Araha Park (Araha Beach) (in Chatan-cho) and Blue Cave (in Onna-son). Spend the 27th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get outside with Ama Beach and examine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Naha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in May, Naha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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