47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20 h
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Train + Fly:  7 h
3
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
Ishigaki

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.
When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, approximately Iriomote-jima away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get outside with Yonehara Beach, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 19- hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in November since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

5
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Kise Beach, and ride a horse along Iejima Beach Side Horse Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Ishigaki in November, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nago, Cape Manzamo, Sefa-Utaki, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, take in the views from Megane Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, things will get slightly colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 13°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima
Miyajima

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tottori Sand Dunes, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Shikoku Mura Village, Tottori Sand Dunes, Mt. Kuma
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho) and Dotombori (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Mt. Koya
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
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 Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Nagase house, &more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Sanmachi Suji, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura) and Hakone-machi (Tenkakudai, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Matsumoto Castle, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

7
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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