60 days in Israel & Japan Itinerary

60 days in Israel & Japan Itinerary

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Jerusalem, Israel
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 5 nights
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Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kurashiki, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 5 nights
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— 5 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel

— 6 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 Sarona and Mamilla Mall. For shopping fun, head to Arad Contemporary Art Center or Sarona Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Nazareth (International Center Mary of Nazareth, The Church of the Annunciation, &more), Caesarea National Park (in Caesarea) and Tel Aviv (Palmach Museum & Independence Hall Museum in the Shalom Mayer Tower). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ein Bokek Beach, don't miss a visit to Damascus Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), and take a stroll through Ben Yehuda Street.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jerusalem trip itinerary maker tool.

Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, Jerusalem is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Japan

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Ongazaki and Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach, Ishinagata Beach, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aiyaruhama Beach, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and get outside with Beach Nunushu.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Ishigaki takes 16.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Jerusalem in December, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Atarasu Ichiba and Wide Market. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toguchi no Hama and Yabiji. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Kagimmi-hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, and take in panoramic vistas at Ryugujo Observatory.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Onna-son, Japan

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kouri Beach and Aeon Naha Shopping Center. Do your shopping at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Ashibina Outlet Mall. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road (in Naha) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and take in the views from Kouri Ohashi.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son day trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Onna-son, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jōmon Sugi and Wilson Stump. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbo River, head outdoors with Yakusugi Land, trek along Seibu Trail, and don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

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Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Onna-son in December; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 18°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Nagasaki, Japan

— 5 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Inasayama Observation Deck and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Do your shopping at Amu Plaza Nagasaki and Hamacross 411. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell) (in Unzen), Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima) and Takeo City Library (in Takeo). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Glover Sky Road, steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December, Nagasaki is a bit cooler than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Japan

— 3 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oka Castle Ruins and Takachiho Gamadase Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo), Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Takachiho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planning app.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Takachiho-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nagasaki in December since evenings lows in Takachiho-cho dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Japan

— 4 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Momijidani Park and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. Shop till you drop at YouMe Town Hatsukaichi and Fuji Grand Nathalie. Venture out of the city with trips to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda (in Yamaguchi), Hagi (Shoka Village School, Hagi Castle Town, &more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taikodani Inari Shrine and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Hatsukaichi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Japan

— 4 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Do your shopping at Shimaneken Bussan Kankokan and Fukuya, Hatchobori Honten. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zentsu-ji Temple and Kamiyacho Shareo. Get out of town with these interesting Kurashiki side-trips: Takamatsu (Ritsurin Garden & Maritime Plaza Takamatsu), Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho) and Matsue (Shimane Art Museum & Matsue Castle). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kurashiki itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kurashiki in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Kurashiki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Japan

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Michi-no-Eki Tairafor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natadera Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Kakusenkei Gorge, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and walk around Kanazawa Castle Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kanazawa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kurashiki to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Takayama, Japan

— 5 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.
Do your shopping at Onoya Brewery and Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi. Explore hidden gems such as Naraijuku and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi), Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Kurobe Dam, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, stop by Sanmachi Suji, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sukyo Mahikari.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arakurayama Sengen Park and Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Head to Kintokichikara Manju Omiyage Space and Asian Old Bazaar Izu Ubudfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Mishima Taisha (in Mishima), Ito (Mount Omuro & Omuro Mountain Lift) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip maker.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eilat, Israel

— 5 nights
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Do your shopping at Mall Hayam and Ice Mall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Botanical Garden Of Eilat and Hai Bar - Wildlife Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to The Alpaca Farm in Mitspe Ramon (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Princess Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Eilat Marina, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and see the vivid underwater world at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Eilat tour planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Eilat by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 19 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Hakone-machi to Eilat. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for warmer days in Eilat, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 12°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Israel travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · 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

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.