36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, walk around Banna Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Ishigaki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Ishigaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planning website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chiran Peace Museum and Kirishima Shrine. Sengan-en and Chiran Samurai Residence Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Kareigawa Station (in Kirishima) and Ibusuki (JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station & Onsen Resorts). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, get impressive views of Sakurajima, and explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Kagoshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in April; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kirishima, Ibusuki, Minamikyushu
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Daishoin Temple and Yamato Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:
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3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Yoneda Taishiji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Takeda Castle Ruins and Koko-en Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Tashinji Temple (in Tamba), Aotama Shrine (in Taka-cho) and Awaga Shrine (in Asago). There's much more to do: make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, steep yourself in history at Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Himeji online travel planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Asago, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Tashinji Temple, Aotama Shrine, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Tashinji Temple ©
Tashinji Temple

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toji and Nigatsu-do Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toji ©
Toji

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, examine the collection at Okageza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, and finally step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ise sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Ainokura Gassho Community and Higashiyama Walking Course. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Takayama (Takayama Showa Museum, Takayama Jinya, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take a stroll through Gokayama, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ise in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple

4
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.
Zojo-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, shop like a local with Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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