24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + train:  17​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
10
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
11
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
12
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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 inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

To plan Kyoto vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Fuji

Fuji
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fuji road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fuji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: highs in Fuji hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Sunset Falls. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Fuji to Hakone-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Fuji in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sunset Falls
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally stroll around Nikko National Park. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Kinugawa River Source and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kirikomiko Karikomiko.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Matsumoto

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), then admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner .

Drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites
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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindoji Temple, take a peaceful walk through Kazugayama Genshirin, then look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, then explore the activities along Saho River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nara planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Nara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Takayama in July since evenings lows in Nara dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Jindoji Temple
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then stop by Shimada Shoten, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba). Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Nara. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
On the 30th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe day trip tool .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for slightly colder days in Kobe, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Fashion Museum ©
Kobe Fashion Museum

1
night
Himeji

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.
On the 31st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online sightseeing planner .

Himeji is very close to Kobe. In July, daytime highs in Himeji are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
On the 1st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online tour planner .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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