24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + tram + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Nikko
— 1 night
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
7
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
10
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
11
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll around Nikko National Park, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Kinugawa River Source and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kirikomiko Karikomiko.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nikko online trip maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Nikko is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in July: highs in Nikko hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in July, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Susono Fishing Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Susono Fishing Park
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online itinerary planner .

Drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites
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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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.
On the 20th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, and stop by Hayakawa Hamonoten.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto journey planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the activities along Saho River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip builder tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Jindoji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online trip itinerary maker .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 29th (Mon), make a trip to Tairyuji Temple, take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and then admire all the interesting features of Hanshin Koshien Stadium. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudoji Temple.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kobe using our trip planner.

Kobe is very close to Osaka. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Chinatown (Nankinmachi) ©
Chinatown (Nankinmachi)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery 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.
On the 31st (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip itinerary planner .

Himeji is very close to Kobe. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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