36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, & more), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Ishiji, and contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naha trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Naha is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Naha is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Naha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi, Heiwa no Ishiji
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

5
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, head outdoors with Paddle Park, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online holiday builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in February: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, & more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and get great views at Tottori Sand Dunes.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Tottori Sand Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation builder .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Takayama Jinya (in Takayama). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Takayama Jinya, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary builder app .

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 February, daytime highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Matsumoto Castle, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

6
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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