33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + subway + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train + bus:  6​h
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head off the coast to Hashima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Nagasaki is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Nagasaki is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

3
nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Bizen (Mt. Kuma & Hattoji Furusatomura), Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Himeji visit site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Daisen Outlook, Mt. Takamikura
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura), Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Sanmachi Suji) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

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

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Matsumoto Castle
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

7
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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