39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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39 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + bus + train:  17​h
1
Hiroshima
— 18 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

18
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Momijidani Park), Iwakuni (Kintaikyo Bridge & Iwakuni Castle) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. In April, Hiroshima is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, Kure, Imabari, Mihara
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 17:
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji driving holiday app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Okayama, Mt. Takamikura, Mt. Kuma, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip tool .

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 May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Kanazawa hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 5:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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