30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  8​h
1
Tokyo
— 10 nights
train:  3​h
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— 1 day
train:  1​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv


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10
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've added Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Shinjuku Golden Gai, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno and Tokyo National Museum. Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Akihabara, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

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 moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nikko, Hakone-machi, Sumidagawa River Terrace, Tokyo DisneySea
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

1
night
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.
You've now added Matsumoto Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Matsumoto is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added Omicho Market, Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, Kenrokuen Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planning site .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

3
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, Harada Sake Brewery, Higashiyama Walking Course, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village. Keep things going the next day: take in some culture at Takayama Festival (Autumn), admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Harada Sake Brewery.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Takayama vacation app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Events Historic Sites
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Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
day
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 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Sakae.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip builder tool .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nagoya are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Highlights from your plan
Sakae
Sakae
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park. Get some historical perspective at Mt. Kurama and Kinkaku-ji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kyoto Railway Museum and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Takashima to see Otomegaike Pond about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Gion and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Nara Park, Otomegaike Pond
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

1
day
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.
You've now added Nada Kenka Matsuri to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a dose of culture at Nada Kenka Matsuri.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Himeji visit planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Events

8
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.
You've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kids Plaza Osaka and Modern Transportation Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Maya and Mt. Rokko. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Kobe Animal Kingdom (in Kobe). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Dotonbori, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Glico Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning app .

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, National Museum of Ethnology
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko

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