17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Nikko
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Shirakawa-mura
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
11
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  17 h
End: Tel Aviv

3
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Yokohama Nature Sanctuary in Sakae--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and explore the galleries of Seikado Bunko Art Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nikko travel route tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Odaiba to your itinerary. Kōtoku-in and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura (about 58 minutes away). Explore Tokyo further: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and take a stroll through Akihabara.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hakone-machi using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 5th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), then examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Japan Radio Museum, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Matsumoto to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites
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Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasue Hachimangu, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

few
hours
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

1
night
Takayama

Takayama
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip planning app .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker site .

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Mt. Koya, Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Childrens Museums Museums
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