26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Koya-cho
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Matsushima-machi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
9
Nagoya
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
10
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the activities along Osaka Fureai no Mizube.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Osaka is 7 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Beaches Nature
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Hōzen-ji Temple ©
Hōzen-ji Temple

1
day
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho journey builder .

You can take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Ryusen-in Temple ©
Ryusen-in Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Yasui no Shimizu, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tempozan.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka route planning app .

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Yasui Shrine ©
Yasui Shrine

1
night
Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
On the 30th (Mon), snap pictures at Sukashi Bridge, steep yourself in history at Godaido, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenrin-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, and finally kick back and relax at Tsukihama Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matsushima-machi trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Osaka to Matsushima-machi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in September, you will find days in Matsushima-machi are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tsukihama Beach
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Godaido ©
Godaido
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Zuiganji ©
Zuiganji

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Meguro River and Tokyo Dome City. Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and take a stroll through Ueno.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner .

You can take a train from Matsushima-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Matsushima-machi in September, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

4
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 hidden gems such as Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and Kennin-ji Temple. Sanzen-in Temple and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Shirakawago. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Osakacho Waterfalls, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Takayama holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawago, Osakacho Waterfalls
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Daiouji Temple ©
Daiouji Temple

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koboyama Ancient Tomb and Hodaka Shrine Okumiya. Get a sense of the local culture at Matsumoto Castle and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, admire the sheer force of Bandokoro Otaki Falls, get outside with Konashidaira, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Matsumoto in October, with lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakushimacho History and Folklore Archives. Get outdoors at Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. It doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho holiday builder site .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Nagoya to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagoya in October; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Osaka City Central Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaka tenmangu shrine, then see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, then take in the history at Chausuyama, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isshinji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get little chillier in Osaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Isshinji Temple ©
Isshinji Temple

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