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 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kids will enjoy Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Go for a jaunt from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura to see The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel route tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kanazawa is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, things will get slightly colder in Kanazawa: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

5
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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kanazawa to Osaka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Bring the kids along to Hiroshima Children's Museum and Asa Zoological Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Asa Zoological Park ©
Asa Zoological Park

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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Edo-Tokyo Museum will thrill your kids. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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