11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Meiji Jingu Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Sensō-ji and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Motosuko Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, and finally admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

2
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.
On the 6th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto route maker .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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 9th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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