51 days in Israel & Japan Itinerary

51 days in Israel & Japan Itinerary

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Eilat, Israel
— 2 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 4 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 5 nights
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hatsukaichi
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Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 3 nights
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Ise, Japan
— 3 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
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Yokohama, Japan
— 5 nights
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Shari-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
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Furano, Japan
— 4 nights
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Eilat, Israel

— 2 nights
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Head to Mall Hayam and Eilat Stone Jewelry LTDfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Princess Beach and Botanical Garden Of Eilat. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Ice Mall, stroll through Mosh Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Eilat road trip website.

Tel Aviv to Eilat is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Eilat: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 33°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Jerusalem, Israel

— 5 nights

Holy City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ein Gedi Botanical Garden and Mamilla Mall. For shopping fun, head to Mahane Yehuda Market or Sarona Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Tel Aviv (Independence Hall Museum in the Shalom Mayer Tower & Palmach Museum) and Ein Bokek Beach (in Ein Bokek). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Ben Yehuda Street, contemplate the long history of Jewish Quarter, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Mount, and stroll through En Gedi Nature Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Eilat to Jerusalem by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Eilat in August: high temperatures in Jerusalem hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hairumubushi Beach and Cape Ongazaki. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Tumal Beach & Ubutaki Lookouts). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, walk around Kabira Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Jerusalem to Ishigaki in 16.5 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem to Ishigaki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Ishigaki. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Todomari Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima online trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Miyakojima, Japan

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yabiji. Shop till you drop at Atarasu Ichiba and Wide Market. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, stroll around Imugya Marine Garden, and go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Onna-son, Japan

— 5 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Minnajima Island and Busena Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aeon Naha Shopping Center and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach, Kouri Ohashi, &more), Araha Park (Araha Beach) (in Chatan-cho) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall, make a trip to Cape Maeda, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son holiday tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. In September in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. The adventure continues: make a trip to Taikoiwa, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and stop by Sugisho.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho travel planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Hatsukaichi, Japan

— 3 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Miyajima Sambashimae Park and Momijidani Park. Change things up with a short trip to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hatsukaichi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Ise.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Ise, Japan

— 3 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise) and Oyahama Beach. For shopping fun, head to Ise Kikuichi or Toba Pearl Town. Take a break from Ise with a short trip to Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck in Shima, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, and get engrossed in the history at Sengukan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ise trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Ise by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hatsukaichi in September, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Takayama, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Myojin Pond and Tenshukakau Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Tateyama-machi (Shomyo Falls & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route), Taisho Pond (in Matsumoto) and Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Takayama road trip website.

Getting from Ise to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in September, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Takayama. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Japan

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gokayama and Ainokura Gassho Community. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Kanazawa online travel route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Yokohama, Japan

— 5 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine and Omuro Mountain Lift. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Pola Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yokohama: Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi), Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing) (in Kamakura). Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Motosuko Lake, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Mihara, make a trip to Yokohama Landmark Tower, and take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama trip builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Yokohama by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Japan

— 3 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu & Mt. Io), Michi-no-Eki Papasland Satturu (in Kiyosato-cho) and Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, take a stroll through Utoro Onsen, take some stellar pictures from Puyuni Misaki, and take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho route maker.

Traveling by flight from Yokohama to Shari-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yokohama in October; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Furano, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Campana Rokkatei and Okuno. Explore hidden gems such as Ueno Farm and Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Furano: Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho) and Biei-cho (Seven Stars Tree, Zerubunoka Atomunooka, &more). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Tomita Melon House, admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, and fly down the slopes at Furano Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Furano trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Shari-cho to Furano in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shari-cho in October since evenings lows in Furano dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.