18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Takayama
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Kagurazaka. Get outdoors at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Tokyo Dome City. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Oyama Rice Terraces in Kamogawa--about 1h 45 min away. Have a day of magic on the 19th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), and browse the different shops at TOKYO Solamachi.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Oyama Rice Terraces, Tokyo Disneyland
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ueno ©
Ueno

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 maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Takayama sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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.
On the 24th (Mon), browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

To plan Kanazawa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanto
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Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Omimaiko Beach. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Cup Noodle Mueseum in Osaka, Ikeda in Ikeda, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Omimaiko Beach
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

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 29th (Sat): stroll through Bay Side Beach Saka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, and then stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then kick back and relax at Katsuragahama Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Bay Side Beach Saka
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore hidden gems such as Ubara Risokyo and Hojo Beach. Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Odaiba. Step out of Tokyo to go to Tachikawa and see Showa Kinen Park, which is approximately 54 minutes away. See even more of Tokyo: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, shop like a local with Asakusa, take a stroll through Marunouchi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ubara Risokyo, Hojo Beach, Showa Kinen Park
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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