25 days in Israel & Japan Itinerary

25 days in Israel & Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Israel & Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 4 nights
bus + train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
6
Eilat, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Masada, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Tiberias, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tokyo, Japan


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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday maker website .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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Hakuba-mura, Japan

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Lake & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitaone Kogen Highland, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, gain insight at Happo-one Nature Study Course, and hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura trip builder website .

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Hakuba-mura is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Happoone ©
Happoone

1
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Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 5th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa visit planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakuba-mura to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then have some family-friendly fun at Fukuro no Mise Plus Kyoto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then relax and rejuvenate at SpaWorld.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Baths Historic Sites
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

2
nights
Eilat, Israel

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Red Canyon and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef, observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Eilat planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Osaka to Eilat in 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Osaka to Eilat due to the time zone difference. In October, Eilat is a bit warmer than Osaka - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Masada.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef

2
nights
Masada, Israel

Masada ©
On the 13th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of The Masada Museum, explore the ancient world of Herod's Western Palace, and then explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Masada day trip planning website .

You can drive from Eilat to Masada in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tiberias.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Dead Sea Region
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum

2
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
On the 15th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Tiberias, contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, explore the striking landscape at Tabgha, then examine the collection at Nazareth Village, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Magdala. On your second day here, engage your brain at Madatech-Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arbel National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tiberias trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Masada to Tiberias takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Tiberias

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Nazareth Village, Magdala, Madatech-Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Tabgha ©
Tabgha

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nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Tayelet, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Ayalon Institute Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Safari Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Independence Hall Museum in the Shalom Mayer Tower, then see the interesting displays at Israel Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tel Aviv itinerary maker site .

Getting from Tiberias to Tel Aviv by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jerusalem, Ayalon Institute Museum, Safari Park
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Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Tayelet ©
Tayelet

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