21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​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.
You've added Asakusa, Tokyo Disneyland, Robot Restaurant, and other attractions to your itinerary. Relax by the water at The National Art Center, Tokyo and Meiji Seimeikan. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online journey planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Popular historic sites such as Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Wada House, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and have fun and explore at Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Change things up with a short trip to Omimaiko Beach in Otsu (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday builder app .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Omimaiko Beach
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): wander the streets of Dotonbori, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Todai-ji Temple
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 9th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Inuyama Castle, shop like a local with Sakae, wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), and finally examine the collection at Noritake no Mori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then stroll around Shinmaiko Marine Park, and finally examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Shinmaiko Marine Park, Inuyama Castle
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

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