16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Paddle Park in Hatsukaichi--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online vacation planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima 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.
On the 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online trip builder .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Sanjusangendo Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Gion, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland will thrill your kids. Visit Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, browse the exhibits of Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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