25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  8​h
1
Tokyo
— 10 nights
train:  3​h
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— Few hours
train:  1​h
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

10
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Nikko Tosho-gu. For shopping fun, head to Omotesando or Takeshita Street. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine (in Nikko) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo is 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nikko, Hakone-machi, Tokyo DisneySea, Sumidagawa River Terrace, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 21°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
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 your second day here, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip maker website .

Drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of culture at Takayama Festival (Autumn), admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Harada Sake Brewery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip builder tool .

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Events Historic Sites
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Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, and then wander the streets of Sakae.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya road trip planning website .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nagoya are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore hidden gems such as Nanzen-ji Temple and Ishibe Alley. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, learn something new at Tea Ceremony Ju-An, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki).

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunset Owl Cafe and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Glico Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara Park (in Nara) and Kobe Animal Kingdom (in Chuo). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, and shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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