36 days in Japan & Jerusalem Itinerary

36 days in Japan & Jerusalem Itinerary

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36 days in Japan & Jerusalem Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Train:  15​h 45​min
1
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Shimoda, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Amami, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Shinkamigoto-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Goto, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Nanjo, Japan
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  3​h 15​min
9
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Hakodate, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Furano, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
12
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
nights
Takayama, Japan

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.
Higashiyama Walking Course and Takayama Jinya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Harada Sake Brewery. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, browse the fresh offerings at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, look for gifts at Hida Bussankan, and wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Takayama tour planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Takayama is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight, taxi, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Takayama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Takayama to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Takayama

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Norikura Kogen, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

3
nights
Shimoda, Japan

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Head to Ogiso Shoten Honten and Marine Stationfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Tatadohama Beach and Kujupama Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Tagosehama Beach (in Nishiizu-cho) and Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kisami Ohama Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Iritahama Beach, and kick back and relax at Nabetahama Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Shimoda tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Takayama to Shimoda by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Tagosehama Beach, Marine Station
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Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach

2
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally explore the world behind art at Pola Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Atami Sun Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shimoda to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shimoda in August: high temperatures in Hakone-machi hover around 29°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Amami.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Atami Sun Beach, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Atami Sun Beach ©
Atami Sun Beach
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

2
nights
Amami, Japan

Amami ©
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
Explore hidden gems such as Mangrove Forested Area and Kurasaki Beach. Visiting Dokuhama Beach and Honohoshi Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amami: Oshima-gun Yamato-son (Toen Kaigan & Kuninao Beach). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Big 2.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Hakone-machi to Amami. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in August: high temperatures in Amami hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Amami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Setouchi-cho, Tatsugo-cho, Yamato-son
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Mangrove Primeval Forest ©
Mangrove Primeval Forest

2
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nagata Inakahama and Isso Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho online travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Amami to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho when traveling from Amami in August, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

1
night
Shinkamigoto-cho, Japan

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Oso Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Takaitabi Catholic Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aosagaura Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kashigarashima Church, and finally kick back and relax at Hamagurihama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nakanoura Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Christian Cave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kiri Church, then kick back and relax at Takaitabi Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Fukumi Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Shinkamigoto-cho trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Shinkamigoto-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 34°C in Shinkamigoto-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Goto.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church
Hamagurihama Beach ©
Hamagurihama Beach

2
nights
Goto, Japan

Goto ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tontomari Beach and Fukuejima. Get a sense of the local culture at Kusuhara Church and Mizunoura Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Goto trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shinkamigoto-cho to Goto. In September in Goto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Goto

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mizunoura Church ©
Mizunoura Church
Takahama Beach ©
Takahama Beach
Tontomari Beach ©
Tontomari Beach

2
nights
Nanjo, Japan

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Diamond Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM. Step out of Nanjo to go to Yomitan-son and see Nirai Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and Head underground at Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nanjo planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Goto to Nanjo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goto in September; daily highs in Nanjo reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Nanjo

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Onna-son, Itoman, Ashibina Outlet Mall, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Nirai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

3
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll get in some beach time at Hoshisuna Beach and Todomari Beach. Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakano Beach.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Taketomicho Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Nanjo to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in 3.5 hours. In September in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

1
night
Hakodate, Japan

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, then stop by Hakodate Tsutaya Books, then stroll through Goryokaku Park, and finally stop by Meijikan Memoru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hakodate trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Hakodate in 9.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in September, with highs in Hakodate at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Hakodate Tsutaya Books ©
Hakodate Tsutaya Books

3
nights
Furano, Japan

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Campana Rokkatei and Asahi-dake. Get outdoors at Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui and Blue Pond. Explore Furano's surroundings by going to Asahikawa Design Center (in Asahikawa) and HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures (in Hidaka-cho). There's more to do: look for gifts at Furano Marche and stroll through Farm Tomita.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Furano holiday maker .

You can drive from Hakodate to Furano in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Furano, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Shirogane Blue Pond, Asahikawa Design Center, Farm Tomita, HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures ©
HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei

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nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Visit Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil) and Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel for their historical value. Nachlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall and Sarona Market are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Tel Aviv (Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel), Agas and Tamar, & more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ben Yehuda Street, get engrossed in the history at Tower of David Museum, steep yourself in history at The Garden Tomb, and delve into the distant past at Mount Zion.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Furano to Jerusalem. The time zone difference when traveling from Furano to Jerusalem is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Furano in September, things will get a bit warmer in Jerusalem: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) ©
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel)
Agas and Tamar ©
Agas and Tamar
Dizengoff Street ©
Dizengoff Street

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