23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 45 min
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Narita
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then stop by Tower Knives Osaka, and then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka road trip app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Osaka is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Former Naval Academy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and take a stroll through Kamiyacho.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Former Naval Academy, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kifune-jinja Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nishi Honganji and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, and contemplate the long history of Hosenin.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yoshikien, then take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. October in Nara sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Horyu-ji Temple, Joruri Temple, Hase-dera Temple
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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.
On the 8th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya and then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, then stop by Hida Bussankan, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip planning site .

You can drive from Nara to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nara in October; daily highs in Takayama reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Classes

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 10th (Thu), examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, then wander the streets of Gokayama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then stop by Sakuda Honten, then see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirayama Hime Shrine, Natadera Temple
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

2
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.
Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Sensō-ji will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ueno, take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Oyama Afuri Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, and then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Narita.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oyama Afuri Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Makata Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, then make a trip to Naritasan Omote Sando, then stop by Peanuts no Kimuraya, and finally don't miss a visit to Watpaknam Nihon Betsuin.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Narita trip itinerary site .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Narita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Narita, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine

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