12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h
5
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + train:  2​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuzoin Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saifuku-ji Temple, then browse the collection at Sai no Kuni Visual Plaza Video Public Library, then join the crowd at Kawaguchi Autorace, and finally make a trip to Previously Tanaka Family House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kawaguchi itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Kawaguchi in an hour. In September in Kawaguchi, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Saifuku-ji Temple ©
Saifuku-ji Temple
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple

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 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kawaguchi to Osaka. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kasuga Grand Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
On the 15th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then admire the striking features of Art House Project, and finally head off the coast to Naoshima.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Naoshima-cho driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Kyoto to Naoshima-cho by combination of train, bus, and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Naoshima-cho: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

2
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 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route planning app .

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of ferry, bus, and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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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