17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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 Samukawa Shrine and Yomiuri Land. Venture out of the city with trips to Fuji (Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound & Iwamotoyama Park), Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura) and Enoshima Sea Candle (in Fujisawa). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izusan Jinja Shrine, stroll around Jogashima Park, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and contemplate the long history of Oyama Afuri Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In January, Tokyo is slightly colder than Jerusalem - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Taga Taisha and Iwashimizu Hachimangu. Venture out of the city with trips to Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine (in Otsu), Hakodateyama Ski Park (in Takashima) and Genkyuen Garden (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, steep yourself in history at Yoshimine-dera, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daimonji.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nishinomiya Shrine and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Awaji (Nojima Fault Preservation Museum & Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park), Kobe (Minatogawa Shrine, Kawasaki Good Times World, &more) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, and make a trip to The Symphony Hall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): head outdoors with Paddle Park, then head outdoors with Mizuho Highland, then examine the collection at Mazda Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): explore the activities along Motoyasu River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saikokuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Former Naval Academy, then examine the collection at Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shishiiwa Tenbodai.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips