21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Sankeien Gardens. Visiting Ueno Zoo and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple. On the next day, make a trip to Omicho Market, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gongenmori Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

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.
Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Fuuka-Kimono. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Universal Studios Japan, Enryaku-ji Shakado
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Miyajima and Mitaki Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder app .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Native Okinawan Villege. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Emerald Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Blue Cave & Cape Manzamo). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, make a trip to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and stroll through Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get a bit warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Public Pawnshop Ruins
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

2
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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

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