17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Jerusalem

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder website .

Jerusalem, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in April: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aratama Valley
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
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 10th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally head outdoors with Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Takayama, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
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 12th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hakone-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Takayama to Hakone-machi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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