27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yonehara Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stroll around Kabira Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki holiday planning site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Ishigaki. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater. Here are some ideas for day two: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trip

Nakijin-son
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in October, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Gion.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto journey planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 appreciate attractions like Gongenmori Beach and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagoya Higashiyamaso. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, observe the fascinating underwater world at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, and then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip maker tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, Inuyama Castle
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