20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Train:  17​h
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Kyoto, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect Kyoto to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama Jinya
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago), Bizen (Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi & Four Rows Hole Gate) and Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, snap pictures at Sakuramon Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji planning app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Himeji takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Himeji, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Okayama, Bizen, Takeda Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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

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, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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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