22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Nara
— Few hours
train:  1​h
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Takayama
— 1 night
6
Takayama
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
8
Odawara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Namba Yasaka Shrine, Kuromon Market, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and other attractions. Osaka Castle and Hozenji Yokocho will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park as well as Todai-ji Temple. On the 29th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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.
You've added Yasaka Shrine, Monkey Park Iwatayama, Gion Corner, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Kennin-ji Temple and Jojakkoji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning website .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in September, with lows around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 5:
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kenrokuen Garden as well as Nomura Family Samurai House. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama road trip app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.

Things to do in Takayama

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kamikochi Visitor Center as well as Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and then get all the information you need at Kamikochi Visitor Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takayama tour itinerary planning tool .

You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping

Side Trip

Kamikochi Visitor Center
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Kamikochi Visitor Center ©
Kamikochi Visitor Center

3
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Fujiasama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Odawara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ueno ©
Ueno

1
day
Odawara

Odawara
Flanked on two sides by the Hakone Mountains, Odawara serves as a popular base for visits to the nearby Hakone hot springs, although the city boasts its own hot spring, as well as a scenic coastal area known for its clear, unspoiled waters.
To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Odawara online trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Odawara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Odawara, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Odawara

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yanaka and Nezu Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Hozomon and Hie Jinjya are in your itinerary. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to The Railway Museum in Omiya, about 52 minutes away. See even more of Tokyo: view the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River.

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You can take a train from Odawara to Tokyo in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Odawara in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). On the 15th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

The Railway Museum
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The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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