26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Matsuyama (Kashima Kaisuiyokujo, Matsuyama Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Awaga Shrine (in Asago), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura, admire the masterpieces at FAN Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Yabu, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Awaga Shrine, Shikoku Mura Village
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in July: highs in Kyoto hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more) and Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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