43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hase-dera Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Naka), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Odaiba, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Sankeien Gardens, Kinomiya Shrine, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

5
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kurumayama Highland and Norikura Kogen (Highland). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Naraijuku. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Higashiyama Walking Course), Onsen Resorts (in Kusatsu-machi) and Suwa Shrine (in Suwa). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in September; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Takayama, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, Naraijuku, Kurumayama Highland, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some cultural insight at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Natadera Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Katsuyama (Hataya Textile Factory Memorial Hall & Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and contemplate the long history of Kanda house.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa attractions planner .

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. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Katsuyama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Ise Shrine Geku. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka Castle, Himeji Castle, Koyasan Okunoin, Ise Shrine Geku, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Get some cultural insight at Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, & more) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

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.
Visiting Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Yakusugi Land and Jōmon Sugi. There's much more to do: get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yakushima-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Sefa-Utaki are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakijin Castle Ruins and Katsuren Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son) and Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha day trip planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Naha by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, Naha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Itoman, Furuzamami Beach, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Kabira Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, and visit a coastal fixture at Kannonzaki Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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