21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + train:  19​h
1
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Sapporo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Noboribetsu
— 1 day
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
7
Izu
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv


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1
night
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 Luminarie has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in some culture at Kobe Luminarie.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Kobe is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, expect Kobe to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Events
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Kobe Luminarie ©
Kobe Luminarie

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.
You've now added Arashiyama to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Nagoya.
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Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Inuyama Castle and Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street and explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

4
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online day trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, things will get slightly colder in Osaka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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1
day
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu travel route site .

Getting from Sapporo to Noboribetsu by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Izu.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

1
night
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daruma, then take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, and then contemplate the long history of Yomotokan.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Izu online travel route planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Noboribetsu to Izu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in December: high temperatures in Izu hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall

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.
For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planner .

Take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Tokyo. On the 30th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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