25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  2 h
4
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+5
Train + Subway + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  6 h 45 min
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
9
Nago
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Seattle

4
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 inner history buff will appreciate Kokyo Gaien National Garden and Nezu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Hozomon. The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Sansho Daigongen-gu, stop by Yanaka District, and admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Traveling from Seattle to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 62°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo

4
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.
Kurama-dera and Ishibe Alley are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daikaku-ji and Jojakkoji Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Mikage Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tanaka Shrine, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Kurama-dera ©
Kurama-dera
Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple

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.
Popular historic sites such as Yakushi-ji Temple and The Mausoleum of Emperor Shomu the Mausoleum of Empress Komei are in your itinerary. Nara National Museum and Kasuga Taisha Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Okayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Byodoin
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Yakushi-ji Temple ©
Yakushi-ji Temple

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hachihama Hachiman Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saijo Inari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sogen-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, steep yourself in history at Bizen no Kuni Sojagu, then steep yourself in history at Ashimori, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Okayama online tour itinerary builder.

Take a train from Nara to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in November, Okayama is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ohara Museum of Art
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine
Kibitsuhiko Shrine ©
Kibitsuhiko Shrine
Ashimori ©
Ashimori

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Anraku-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip tool.

You can take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kure
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and ferry from Hiroshima to Iriomote-jima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. When traveling from Hiroshima in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Iriomote-jima: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and finally head outdoors with Kondoi Beach. On your second day here, stroll around Kabira Park, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planning website.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In November in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of the city life by going to Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, and snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in November, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Nago.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Nago

Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Busena Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Kouri Beach, then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nago trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nago in 4 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, Nago is little chillier at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nago

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach
Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach

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