46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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46 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + train:  17​h
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  12​h
6
Setouchi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
8
Onna-son
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  45​min
10
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
11
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
+5
ferry + bus + foot + Fly + bus + train:  8​h 30​min
12
Shimoda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Head to Dotonbori and Minami (Namba)for plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Kyoto is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Visiting Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Yamato Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Mt. Misen, Daishoin Temple, & more) and Bay Side Beach Saka (in Saka-cho). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima planning tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Bay Side Beach Saka
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, then get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Inasa Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum

2
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 Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Sakuda Gold and Silver Leaf Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck (in Shirakawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and wander the streets of Nagamachi District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa online attractions planner .

Drive from Matsue to Kanazawa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gokayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a stroll around Hakodate Community Design Center, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then stop by Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

Discover how to plan a Hakodate trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in June, expect Hakodate to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Setouchi-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

2
nights
Setouchi-cho

Setouchi-cho ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirahama Beach and Dokuhama Beach. Visiting Mangrove Forested Area and Surihama will get you outdoors.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Setouchi-cho day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hakodate to Setouchi-cho. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in July: high temperatures in Setouchi-cho hover around 36°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Setouchi-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mangrove Primeval Forest
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Mangrove Primeval Forest ©
Mangrove Primeval Forest

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. Take a break from the city and head to Yakusugi Land and Isso Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, look for gifts at Sugisho, and make a trip to Taikoiwa.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Setouchi-cho to Yakushima-cho. Traveling from Setouchi-cho in July, Yakushima-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo and Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. For shopping fun, head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market or Ashibina Outlet Mall. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Kouri-jima Island (in Nakijin-son) and Emerald Beach (in Motobu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and stroll through Diamond Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Onna-son online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi. In July in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ashibina Outlet Mall, Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, Emerald Beach, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, stop by Furusato, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nanapito Hompo. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiji Beach, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and get outside with Mt.Omotodake.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip maker .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Relax by the water at Hoshisuna Beach and Todomari Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakano Beach, and make a trip to Funauki Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima road trip site .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Shimoda.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

3
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Shop till you drop at Ogiso Shoten Honten and Nisshindo Kashiten. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tomari Beach and Tatadohama Beach. Explore Shimoda's surroundings by going to Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho), Sawajiri Beach (in Kozushima-mura) and Jogasaki Coast (in Ito). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kisami Ohama Beach, see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion, take an in-depth tour of Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan, and kick back and relax at Sotoura Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shimoda day trip planning site .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and train from Iriomote-jima to Shimoda in 8.5 hours. In July, Shimoda is little chillier than Iriomote-jima - with highs of 32°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sawajiri Beach, Jogasaki Coast, Tomari Beach, Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion, Inatori Ukiuki Beach
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Ikspiari. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ginza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Shimoda to Tokyo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Shimoda, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Ikspiari
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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