23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Yokohama
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Fujinomiya
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Toyohashi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
Osaka
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Beppu
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
10
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Onomichi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Imabari
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Kurashiki
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
15
Kobe
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
17
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo DisneySea. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsutsugaura Beach and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Family-friendly places like Oarai Sun Beach and Fukagawa Edo Museum will thrill your kids. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Gunma Natural Museum (in Tomioka), Chikurin Park (in Higashikurume) and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei). The adventure continues: make a trip to Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, examine the collection at Subway Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitake, and identify plant and animal life at Kombukuro Pond Natural History Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Jindai-ji Temple, Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, Mt. Mitake, Tokyo DisneySea, Oarai Sun Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Mitake ©
Mt. Mitake
Jindai-ji Temple ©
Jindai-ji Temple
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Karuizawa Ancient Tomb Ruins, examine the collection at Yokohama Trolley Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shomyo-ji Temple, then make a trip to Braph 18ban Residence, and finally steep yourself in history at The Home of Diplomat. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakuonji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaizoji Temple, engage your brain at Yokohama Science Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yokohama War Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Yamate 234ban Residence, and finally admire the striking features of Berrick Hall.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama holiday builder website .

Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Yokohama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Berrick Hall ©
Berrick Hall
Yokohama War Cemetery ©
Yokohama War Cemetery
Kaizoji Temple ©
Kaizoji Temple

2
nights
Fujinomiya

Fujinomiya ©
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll around Kumakubo Rural Park Asahi Falls, don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji Weather Station, get great views at Kengamine, then make a trip to Kusushi Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Grave of Nichirenshoto Gosoan, and finally make a trip to Taisekiji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Abe Great Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chojagatake, then steep yourself in history at Wakajishi Shrine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jurigi Highlands, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Fujinomiya online trip builder .

You can drive from Yokohama to Fujinomiya in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yokohama in August: highs in Fujinomiya hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 29°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Toyohashi.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ryugatake, Grave of Nichirenshoto Gosoan, Abe Great Waterfall, Jurigi Highlands
Highlights from your plan
Chojagatake ©
Chojagatake
Wakajishi Shrine ©
Wakajishi Shrine
Kusushi Shrine ©
Kusushi Shrine

2
nights
Toyohashi

Toyohashi ©
Toyohashi is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 372,710 and a population density of 1,420 persons per km². On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fumon-ji Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Toyohashi Orthodox Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Hyakken-daki Waterfall, then get a new perspective on nature at Toyohashi Museum of Natural History, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Akumikambeshimmeisha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Oura Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Arai Beach, then admire the sheer force of Atera Seven Water Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toga Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toga Shrine Okumiya.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyohashi journey planning app .

Getting from Fujinomiya to Toyohashi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Toyohashi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Toyohashi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shinshiro, Toyokawa, Oura Beach, Arai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fumon-ji Temple ©
Fumon-ji Temple
Toga Shrine ©
Toga Shrine
Toga Shrine Okumiya ©
Toga Shrine Okumiya

few
hours
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip builder .

Drive from Toyohashi to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. August in Nagoya sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Toei Kyoto Studio Park as well as Koka Ninja House (Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki). On the 16th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, then examine the collection at Koka Ninja House (Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and finally admire the natural beauty at Daitoku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Koka Ninja House (Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki)
Highlights from your plan
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Daitoku-ji Temple ©
Daitoku-ji Temple

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaidan-do, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, then steep yourself in history at Tegaimon, then identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nara attractions planning site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. August in Nara sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Joruri Temple, Yatadera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Akishinodera Temple ©
Akishinodera Temple
Rokuen ©
Rokuen
Tegaimon ©
Tegaimon

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Bank of Japan Osaka Branch Old Building, steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, look for all kinds of wild species at Sakuya Konohanakan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horikoshi Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online travel planner .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tekijuku ©
Tekijuku
Horikoshi Shrine ©
Horikoshi Shrine
Yasui Shrine ©
Yasui Shrine

1
day
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You've now added Takasakiyama Nature Zoo to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, and then stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu day trip site .

Getting from Osaka to Beppu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in August, expect nights in Beppu to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Takasakiyama Nature Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Shidakako Lake ©
Shidakako Lake

1
night
Fukuoka

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.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine and then step into the grandiose world of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online vacation planner .

You can drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tenkai Inari Shrine, Onojo - Chikuzenkoku
Highlights from your plan
Tenkai Inari Shrine ©
Tenkai Inari Shrine

1
night
Hiroshima

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 20th (Thu): get outside with Paddle Park, see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paddle Park, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

1
night
Onomichi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Setoda Sunset Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takami, then look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Cross Road Mitsugi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishitsuchiyamakusari Shugyo.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Onomichi trip itinerary maker website .

Onomichi is very close to Hiroshima. In August in Onomichi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takami ©
Mt. Takami

1
night
Imabari

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Hakata Beach, step off the mainland to explore Oshima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senyū-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taki Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishiyama Koryuji Temple.

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Getting from Onomichi to Imabari by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Imabari, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. You'll set off for Kurashiki on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saijo, Tsubaki Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Oshima Island ©
Oshima Island
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine
Taki Shrine ©
Taki Shrine

few
hours
Kurashiki

Kurashiki
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kurashiki journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Imabari to Kurashiki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August in Kurashiki, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off toKobe.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Kurashiki to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kurashiki in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 31°C in Kobe. You will leave for Kyoto on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Honen-in, and finally contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. When traveling from Kobe in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kotoin ©
Kotoin
Honen-in ©
Honen-in
Yasakanoto ©
Yasakanoto

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo DisneySea has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hozomon and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Get some cultural insight at Hikawa Shrine and Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course (in Hachioji) and Ibaraki Nature Museum (in Bando). See some other sides of Tokyo: have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daisho-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Ibaraki Nature Museum, Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course, Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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