21 days in Hong Kong & Japan Itinerary

21 days in Hong Kong & Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Hong Kong & Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  11​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Himeji, Japan
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Takayama, Japan
— 1 day
bus:  3​h
8
Matsumoto, Japan
— 1 night
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for sightseeing, theme parks, shopping, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), kick back and relax at Clear Water Bay Second Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tai Long Wan, and get a taste of the local shopping with IFC mall.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hong Kong is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong is 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
IFC mall ©
IFC mall
Tai Long Wan ©
Tai Long Wan

1
night
Osaka, Japan

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 Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Osaka takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in September, with highs in Osaka at 33°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore and take pictures at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima itinerary maker.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©

1
day
Himeji, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kokoen Garden as well as Himeji Castle. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji vacation builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
You've added Kodai-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Heian Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Kamogawa River. There's more to do: stroll through Maruyama Park(円山公園).

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town and then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Omicho Market, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally take a stroll through Gokayama.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You'll set off for Takayama on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gokayama
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
day
Takayama, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago) as well as The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago) and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Takayama vacation builder.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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1
night
Matsumoto, Japan

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.
For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto travel planner.

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Nature
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5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Shop till you drop at The Tsukiji Market and Asakusa. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, make a trip to Meiji Jingu, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Tokyo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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