20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  15​min
2
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Setonaikai, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour itinerary website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Hiroshima is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Museums
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Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You've now added Mt. Misen to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Gojuno To, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, don't miss a visit to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then make a trip to Miyajima.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planning tool .

Hatsukaichi is very close to Hiroshima. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Gion, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto route builder tool .

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, then wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Kanazawa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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