19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Yamagata
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Saitama
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Wako
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
6
Niiza
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Tokorozawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sengaku-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Get some cultural insight at teamLab☆Planets and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, stroll through Kitanomaru Park, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15- 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 December, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sengaku-ji Temple ©
Sengaku-ji Temple
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

2
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 5th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Haguro Mamakozaka, then steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then contemplate the long history of Mt. Haguro, and finally steep yourself in history at Gyokusenji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Heishindo-Former Kazama Family Residence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenpoji, stop by Sakata Yumenokura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaikoji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hatsumago Shuzo Shiryokan Kura Tambokan.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tokyo to Tsuruoka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Tsuruoka hover around 3°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sakata
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Zenpoji ©
Zenpoji
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Gyokusenji Temple ©
Gyokusenji Temple

2
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Yamagata Museum of Art, examine the collection at Yamagata Kenritsu Hakubutsukankyoiku Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamadera Senju-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takifudo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, examine the collection at Yamagata Prefectural Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hommaru Ichimonjimon, then admire the striking features of Yamagata Kyodokan, and finally get engrossed in the history at Mogami Yoshiaki Historical Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yamagata trip maker tool.

Getting from Tsuruoka to Yamagata by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tsuruoka in January since evenings lows in Yamagata dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saitama.

Things to do in Yamagata

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Museum of Art ©
Yamagata Museum of Art
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Yamagata Prefectural Museum ©
Yamagata Prefectural Museum

2
nights
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Lumine Omiya, see the interesting displays at Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore, admire the masterpieces at Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama, then wander the streets of Omiya Bonsai Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi, get a new perspective on nature at Ibaraki Nature Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Tone Canal, and finally get into the urban bustle at Kawaguchi Lilia.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saitama travel planner.

Getting from Yamagata to Saitama by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Saitama is somewhat warmer than Yamagata - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Wako.

Things to do in Saitama

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tone Canal, Ibaraki Nature Museum, Kawaguchi Lilia, Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama ©
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi ©
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi

1
night
Wako

Wako ©
Wakō is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 80,666 and a population density of 7310 persons per km². On the 11th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, look for gifts at Kichijoji Nakamichidori Shopping Archade, then browse the different shops at Atre Kichijoji, then visit Kichijoji, and finally browse the different shops at Coppice Kichijoji.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wako online travel route planner.

Wako is just a stone's throw from Saitama. In January, daytime highs in Wako are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Niiza.

Things to do in Wako

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musashino, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Atre Kichijoji ©
Atre Kichijoji
Kichijoji ©
Kichijoji
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

1
night
Niiza

Niiza ©
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arasawa Fudo-do, get engrossed in the history at Niiza City Folk History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niiza Kannon Shingo-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaiji Temple, then take a peaceful walk through Myoonsawa Special Green Conservation Area, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Owada Hikawa Shrine.

For photos and tourist information, read Niiza route planner.

Niiza is just a stone's throw from Wako. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokorozawa.

Things to do in Niiza

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Owada Hikawa Shrine ©
Owada Hikawa Shrine
Fukomyoji Temple ©
Fukomyoji Temple
Hodaiji Temple ©
Hodaiji Temple

2
nights
Tokorozawa

Tokorozawa ©
Tokorozawa is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 335,968 and a population density of 4660 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum, see the interesting displays at JRA Horseracing Museum, try to win big at Tokyo Horse Racetrack, get to know the fascinating history of The road lined with Japanese Zelkova near Babadaimon Gate, then explore the world behind art at Kahenomori Art Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Kodaira Cemetery. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Keishomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamaguchi Kannon - Konjoin Temple, fly down the slopes at Sayama Ski & Snowboard, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sayamasanfudoji, then stop by Kakujo Gyorui Tokorozawa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokorozawa Shinmeisha.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokorozawa trip itinerary builder.

Tokorozawa is just a short distance from Niiza. Traveling from Niiza in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -2°C in Tokorozawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokorozawa

Historic Sites Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fuchu, Keishomon, Kodaira Cemetery, Kahenomori Art Museum, Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tokorozawa Shinmeisha ©
Tokorozawa Shinmeisha
Tokyo Horse Racetrack ©
Tokyo Horse Racetrack
Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum ©
Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 15th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, steep yourself in history at Kawasaki Daishi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gotokuji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokorozawa to Tokyo takes an hour. Traveling from Tokorozawa in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 1°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kawasaki Daishi
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine ©
上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine
National Museum of Western Art ©
National Museum of Western Art
Gotokuji Temple ©
Gotokuji Temple

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