31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
2
Onna-son
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Nei Museum of Art. Step out of the city life by going to Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get outside with Nagurao Bridge.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and USS Emmons. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Sesoko Labyrinth & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium), Iejima Beach Side Horse Park (in Ie-son) and Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, stroll through Diamond Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and see the vivid underwater world at Manza Dream Hole.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son travel app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
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Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Takeshita Street. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Sojiji (in Nishitokyo). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Onna-son in October, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sojiji
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine are in your itinerary. Kegon Falls and Senjugahama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Oe Wetlands (in Minamiaizu-machi) and Oze Plant Research Specimen Garden (in Katashina-mura). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kirikomiko Karikomiko, walk around Nikko National Park, admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oe Wetlands, Nikko National Park, Oze Plant Research Specimen Garden
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get some historical perspective at Matsumoto Castle and Kita Yatsuga-take. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mount Fuji and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's more to do: go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi and tour the pleasant surroundings at Momiji Tunnel.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Nikko, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Kita Yatsuga-take, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Head to Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Osaka Castle). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, browse the handmade items at Asahiyaki, don't miss a visit to Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Himeji Castle, Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally stroll through Mikasahama Beach. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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