20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 8 nights
End: Tokyo

2
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.
Shinjuku Station has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get into the urban bustle at Shinjuku Station and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-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. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.
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Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

2
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.
On the 9th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Little Prince Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online vacation planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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.
You've added Nishiki Market, Yasaka Shrine, Togetsukyo Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and wander the streets of Gion.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip site .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nara, Kinka-ji Temple
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes America Mura, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Osaka Castle. On the 16th (Fri), wander the streets of America Mura, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

8
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Skytree, Hachiko, Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and other attractions. Let the collections at Fire Museum and teamLab Borderless capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Asakusa Shrine and Gotokuji Temple. Explore Tokyo further: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza and wander the streets of Nihonbashi Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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