25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 15 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Koya-cho
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
End: Osaka

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Higashiyama (NINJA VR KYOTO & Tofuku-ji Temple), Ukyo (Ryoanji Temple, Bamboo Forest Street, & more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online journey planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Kyoto, Himeji, Ibaraki, Tokushima
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 17:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Saho River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodoin, and then stroll around Chubu Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Nara are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Byodoin, Chubu Park
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun and then steep yourself in history at Izushi Castle Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kinosaki Marine World, contemplate the waterfront views at Takeno Coast, stroll around Genbudo Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Toyooka trip planner .

You can drive from Nara to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in August, you will find days in Toyooka are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride 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 ©
Explore Koya-cho's surroundings by going to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field (in Kumano) and Totsukawa-mura (Tanizeno Tsuribashi, Dorokyo, & more).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Toyooka to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Totsukawa-mura, Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple

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