27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Nagano
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  6​h
5
Kumano
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Katase Higashihama Beach and Enoshima Island. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in September, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujisawa
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nagano trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nozawa Onsen, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Daio Wasabi Farm, Matsumoto Castle
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step out of the city life by going to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Sanmachi Suji (in Takayama), Tojinbo Cliff (in Sakai) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Sanmachi Suji, Tojinbo Cliff
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tojinbo Cliff ©
Tojinbo Cliff

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You've now added Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku to your itinerary. Step out of Nagoya to go to Kuwana and see Nagashima Spa Land, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Sakae, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya road trip planning website .

Drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Nagoya sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kumano.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagashima Spa Land, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Sakae
Sakae

2
nights
Kumano

Kumano ©
You've now added Seigantoji Temple to your itinerary. Visiting Nachi Otaki and Kajitorizaki will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kumano: Nachikatsura-cho (Kumano Nachi Taisha, Daimonzaka, & more) and Hashigui Rock (in Kushimoto-cho).

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kumano tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Nagoya to Kumano in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kumano are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kumano

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho, Kajitorizaki, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock
Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Takatsuki Forest Center and Mt. Kurama. Venture out of the city with trips to Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit website .

You can drive from Kumano to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kumano in October, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Amanohashidate, Takatsuki Forest Center
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate

2
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.
Arima Onsen has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Thu), wander the streets of Dotonbori, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka road trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Nara Park, Arima Onsen
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Takachiho Gorge and Nabegataki Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Aso (Daikanbo & Aso Skyline View Place), Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine (in Takamori-machi) and Onsen Resorts (in Oguni-machi). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Okuragahama Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, and take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip builder tool .

You can fly from Osaka to Takachiho-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oguni-machi, Aso, Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine, Okuragahama Beach
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

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