18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Jerusalem

8
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Jerusalem to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jerusalem in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Urayasu, Lake Kawaguchi, Kōtoku-in
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
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 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ishikawa Jumoku Park
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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