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.
You've added Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Event Corner at Shinjuku Staion West Square, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo National Museum and Ueno. Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Akihabara, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

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 moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nikko, Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea, Sumidagawa River Terrace
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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.
You've now added Matsumoto Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Matsumoto is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
You've added Omicho Market, Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, Kenrokuen Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip planner .

Drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, Harada Sake Brewery, Higashiyama Walking Course, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of culture at Takayama Festival (Autumn), contemplate the long history of Yoshijima Heritage House, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Harada Sake Brewery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Events Historic Sites
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Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery
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.
You've now added Nagoya Castle to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, and then take a stroll through Sakae.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip builder tool .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Tea Ceremony Ju-An, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Railway Museum and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. There's more to do: wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) 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.
You've added Umeda Sky Building, Hankyu Umeda Main Store, Universal Studios Japan, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotonbori and Nara Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Glico Museum. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Kobe Animal Kingdom in Chuo, about 54 minutes away.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

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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