18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 45​min
6
Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv


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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Minato Mirai 21 and Asakusa Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Takao and Tokyo National Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Saru-jima and see Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take a stroll through Ueno and have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Mt. Takao, Minato Mirai 21
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) ©

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Pola Museum of Art or Chayahonjin Hotoriya. Get outdoors at Jogasaki Coast and Shiraito Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Omuro Mountain Lift (in Ito), Kumakubo Rural Park Asahi Falls (in Fujinomiya) and Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tatadohama Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and take in the dramatic natural features at Dogashima Tensodo Cave.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ito, Fujinomiya, Fuji, Tatadohama Beach, Kinomiya Shrine
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get in touch with nature at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Norikura Kogen (Highland). Get some cultural insight at Higashiyama Walking Course and Takayama Showa Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shomyo Waterfall (in Tateyama-machi) and Matsumoto (Taisho Pond & Pond Tashiro). The adventure continues: Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Takayama road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Takayama, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Tateyama-machi
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)
Shomyo Waterfall ©
Shomyo Waterfall

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nanzen-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kyoto to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect Iriomote-jima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Hama Island, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taketomi-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Taketomi-jima takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks Beaches Historic Sites
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier

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