24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 2 nights
2
Fuji
— 1 night
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
5
Nikko
— 2 nights
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
8
Nara
— 2 nights
9
Osaka
— 2 nights
10
Kobe
— 1 night
11
Himeji
— 1 night
12
Hiroshima
— 3 nights

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Hararyokaku Honten. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Fuji

Fuji
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwamoto and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fuji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Fuji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Fuji to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Sunset Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fuji to Hakone-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fuji in July: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Sunset Falls
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Takeshita Street. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Ginza, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 21st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Kinugawa River Source and then explore the activities along Lake Kirikomiko Karikomiko.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), then admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip builder.

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindoji Temple, take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, then look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nara trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Takayama in July, with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Jindoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Shimada Shoten, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba). On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum, then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then stop by Kobe Harborland, and finally visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Fashion Museum ©
Kobe Fashion Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Himeji itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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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 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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