35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Matsue
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
6
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
On the 11th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka journey planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in June, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Amanatto Kawamurafor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Maruoka Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga), Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, Ainokura Gassho Community, & more) and Fukube Falls (in Hakusan). There's more to do: stroll through Gongenmori Beach and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Kakusenkei Gorge, Fukube Falls, Gongenmori Beach
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nishiki Market, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adachi Museum of Art and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Popular historic sites such as Matsue Castle and Kumano Taisha Shrine are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya (in Daisen-cho), Hiruzen Daisen Skyline Kimen Lookout Rest Area (in Maniwa) and Oni no Shitaburui (in Okuizumo-cho). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, stroll through Hinomisaki Coast, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Matsue day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Hiruzen Daisen Skyline Kimen Lookout Rest Area, Adachi Museum of Art, Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya, Oni no Shitaburui
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:
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Hinomisaki Coast ©
Hinomisaki Coast
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Escape the urban bustle at Yakusugi Land and The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Tachudake. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho holiday planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ida no Hama Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Mizuochi Falls. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, and admire all the interesting features of Utara Tanko.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima travel route website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in June: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yonehara Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Relax by the water at Kondoi Beach and Nakamoto Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Nakamoto Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and then identify plant and animal life at Yabiji.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

9
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kusatsu Onsen. Head to Ginza and Osakana Murafor plenty of shopping. Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & Pola Museum of Art), Ikspiari (in Maihama) and Ubara Beach (in Katsuura). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Asakusa, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

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Getting from Miyakojima to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Miyakojima in July, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katsuura, Hakone-machi, Miura, Ikspiari, Minami Chikura Beach
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 13:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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