12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Fuji
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tsukiji Market.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

few
hours
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha and then explore the activities along Waketamaike Spring.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fuji itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fuji takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujinomiya
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu, and finally take a stroll through Sakae.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nagoya online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Fuji to Nagoya takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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 cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Visit Kiyomizu-dera and Heian Shrine for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Nagoya in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Tōdai-ji, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka custom trip planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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