20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  17​h
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.
Samurai Armor Photo Studio has been added to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and walk around Ueno Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Fuji. On the 21st (Tue), hike along Fujinomiya Route and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fuji National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fuji National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Fuji National Park to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fujinomiya Route, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama as well as Monkey Park Iwatayama. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Toba Aquarium in Toba, approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan. On the 26th (Sun), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kobe Animal Kingdom has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Animal Kingdom, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Oji Zoo, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, get great views at Awaji Hanasajiki, then walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kobe day trip website .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Awaji
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Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe

2
nights
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
You've now added Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, get a dose of culture at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom, then get in on the family fun at Space World, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Itozu no Mori Zoological Park. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Kanmon Kaikyo, then take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kaikyokan, and finally contemplate the long history of Fukujuji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Kobe to Kitakyushu in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Shimonoseki
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Kaikyokan ©
Kaikyokan
Space World ©
Space World

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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