19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then head off the coast to Miyajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour itinerary builder app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Hiroshima is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Himeji trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara National Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka road trip planner .

You can drive from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
On the 9th (Wed), stop by MIKOTO Tea House, see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, then take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then get into the urban bustle at Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip maker site .

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in October, you will find days in Matsumoto are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

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.
On the 13th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Historic Sites
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, stroll through Ueno Zoo, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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