16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Sekibetsu Ujina Line Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In January, Hiroshima is slightly colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, then admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Kitano-cho, examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January in Kobe, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, walk around Nara Park, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum, then see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, The World Money Box Museum
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, get to know the fascinating history of Asahiyaki, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Baths Theme Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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