25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 15 nights
2
Nara
— 3 nights
3
Toyooka
— 2 nights
4
Koya-cho
— 4 nights

15
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Kyoto (NINJA VR KYOTO, Ryoanji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online journey planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Kyoto, Himeji, Ibaraki, Tokushima
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Saho River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, and then stroll around Chubu Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip builder app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In August in Nara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 20th (Thu), make a trip to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun and then contemplate the long history of Izushi Castle Town. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kinosaki Marine World, kick back and relax at Takeno Coast, walk around Genbudo Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Toyooka trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Nara to Toyooka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in August, expect nights in Toyooka to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Kinosaki Marine World ©
Kinosaki Marine World
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas

4
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Totsukawa-mura (Tanizeno Tsuribashi, Dorokyo, &more) and Maruyama Senmai Rice Field (in Kumano).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koya-cho attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Koya-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Totsukawa-mura, Kumano Kodo Trail, Maruyama Senmai Rice Field
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai ©
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai

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