24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  19 h
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h 30 min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, and head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki.

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

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 19- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Ishigaki is 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in September; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Himeji in September, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Omicho Market, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), then deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and finally stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, identify plant and animal life at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen, then identify plant and animal life at Pond Tashiro, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planning website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kanazawa in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hotaka Mountain Range
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, then don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nakanokura Pass Observation Point.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel route planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nakanokura Pass Observation Point
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Sanbonmatu Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Sainoko Lake, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

4
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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