52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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52 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Nikko
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
13
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​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.
Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, stroll around Kabira Park, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki journey builder website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Tel Aviv in October, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Yabiji. Visiting Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima online travel route planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

4
nights
Naha

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Sefa-Utaki. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nishibama Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Zamami-son (Aka Beach & Furuzamami Beach), Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son) and Tokashiki-son (Tokashiku Beach & Aharen Beach). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip builder website .

Fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Onna-son, Tokashiki-son, Sefa-Utaki, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Visit Amano Iwato Shrine and Amano Yasugawara for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi), Taketa (Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus & Oka Castle Ruins) and Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Naha to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, Takachiho-cho is a bit cooler than Naha - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Taketa, Mt. Aso, Onsen Resorts
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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.
Get in touch with nature at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama and see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In November, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yamato Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Daishoin Temple, & more). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Himeji vacation planner.

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 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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 Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle (in Hikone), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todai-ji Temple) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Hikone Castle
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ainokura Gassho Community and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura). The adventure continues: cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, take in the exciting artwork at ArtShop Tsukibae, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sairin-ji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Maruoka Castle, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Let the collections at Hokusai-kan and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Norikura Kogen (Highland) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Higashiyama Walking Course, & more), Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kanazawa in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Takayama, Obuse-machi, Suwa Shrine, Onsen Resorts, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ryuzu Waterfall and Haruna Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senjogahara Field and Nikko Tosho-gu. Change things up with a short trip to Fukuroda Falls in Daigo-machi (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, walk around Sanbonmatu Park, and explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nikko driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nikko, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nikko National Park, Haruna Shrine, Fukuroda Falls
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kamakura to see Kōtoku-in about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kōtoku-in
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Step out of the city life by going to Pola Museum of Art and Mount Fuji. Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Kiunkaku will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ito (Jogasaki Coast & Mount Omuro), Atami (Kinomiya Shrine & Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha, admire the sheer force of Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi day trip app .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Atami, Ito, Mishima Taisha, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine

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