37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  16 h
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h 15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Iwami-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Shimoda
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Jerusalem

4
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.
Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kuro-shima (Nakamoto Beach & Fuki Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, get outside with Sukuji Beach, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Ishigaki is 7 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Spas
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more), Kuromatsu Beach (in Gotsu) and Oda (Kotogahama Beach, Thermal Spas, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online travel route planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Oda, Kuromatsu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Thermal Spas
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, thensnap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Matsue Swimming Beach.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Matsue Swimming Beach
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

3
nights
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Iwami-cho: Tottori (Drive-in Tottori Sakyu Kaikan, Tottori Sand Dunes, &more) and Onsen Resorts (in Misasa-cho).

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Iwami-cho day trip planning app.

You can drive from Himeji to Iwami-cho in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Himeji in August, Iwami-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tottori, Onsen Resorts, Anami Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Uradome Seacoast Marine Park
Uradome Seacoast Marine Park
Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches ©
Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori (Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori & Dotombori District). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and stop by Gion.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday planner.

You can drive from Iwami-cho to Kyoto in 4 hours. While traveling from Iwami-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Shimoda.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

4
nights
Shimoda

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.
Explore Shimoda's surroundings by going to Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls (in Kawazu-cho), Okuiro Beach (in Minamiizu-cho) and Izu (Joren Waterfall, Onsen Resorts, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tatadohama Beach, get outside with Kisami Ohama Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shimoda Aquarium, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahama Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shimoda planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Shimoda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shimoda, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Minamiizu-cho, Izu, Kawazu-cho
Highlights from your plan
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Onsen Resorts

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ide Sake Brewery, Lake Kawaguchi, &more) and Fujiyoshida (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja & Nishiura). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, examine the collection at Honma Yosegi Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi attractions planning app.

Getting from Shimoda to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Shimoda in August, expect Hakone-machi to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Fujiyoshida
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Ide Sake Brewery ©
Ide Sake Brewery

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, visit Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ginza ©
Ginza
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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) and Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, get outside with Gongenmori Beach, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa visit planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Wine Tours & Tastings

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