15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kencho-ji Temple and Fire Museum. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Yanaka, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kencho-ji Temple
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple and then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yukishio Museum and Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Underground Dam Museum and Miyakojima City Museum. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, get outside with Nagamahama Beach Coast, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Hiroshima in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 26°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In March in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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