22 days in Japan & Tel Aviv Itinerary

22 days in Japan & Tel Aviv Itinerary

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22 days in Japan & Tel Aviv Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kiso-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ena, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
6
Onomichi, Japan
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Imabari, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Beppu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Kagoshima, Japan
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
13
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kiso-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fuji-Q Highland
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

1
night
Kiso-machi, Japan

Kiso-machi
On the 1st (Tue), head outdoors with Kaidakogen Plateau, experience rural life at Kisomanosato, then admire the sheer force of Karasawa Falls, and finally make a trip to Ontake Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kiso-machi travel route planner .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kiso-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ena.

Things to do in Kiso-machi

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ontake Shrine

1
night
Ena, Japan

Ena ©
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Naegi Castle Ruins, steep yourself in history at Iwamura Castle Ruins, admire the landmark architecture of Former Kimura Residence, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iwamura Historical Town, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Iwamura SAKE Brewery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ena vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Kiso-machi to Ena takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ena when traveling from Kiso-machi in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ena

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Naegijo Ato
Highlights from your plan
Naegijo Ato ©
Naegijo Ato
Iwamura Castle Ruins ©
Iwamura Castle Ruins
Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum ©
Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Daimaru Museum Umeda in Osaka (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning site .

Drive from Ena to Kyoto in 3 hours. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Onomichi, Japan

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get your bearings at Michi-no-Eki Cross Road Mitsugi, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, and finally walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Onomichi using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Onomichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Onomichi to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple

1
night
Imabari, Japan

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Hakata Beach, take in the views from Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, then head off the coast to Oshima Island, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Imabari online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Onomichi to Imabari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Imabari sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Imabari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Oshima Island ©
Oshima Island
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge ©
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

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 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then stroll through Mikasahama Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Imabari to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka route planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

1
night
Beppu, Japan

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Beppu trip builder site .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Beppu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
Highlights from your plan
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Takachiho-cho, Japan

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 12th (Sat), go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip planning app .

You can drive from Beppu to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

1
night
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get impressive views of Sakurajima and then contemplate the long history of Sengan-en.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kagoshima trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Takachiho-cho to Kagoshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en

3
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Attractions like Tayelet and Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tel Aviv: The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa) and Jerusalem (Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, Western Wall, & more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Jaffa Old City and put a fun spin on your tour with Esc Rooms.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv online trip builder .

Getting from Kagoshima to Tel Aviv by combination of train and flight takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: fly. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kagoshima to Tel Aviv due to the time zone difference. In October, Tel Aviv is a bit warmer than Kagoshima - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jerusalem, The Baha'i Gardens, Esc Rooms
Highlights from your plan
Tayelet ©
Tayelet

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