20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, take a stroll through Odaiba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker tool .

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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then stop by Maruya Hatcho Miso, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Kaikan Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, wander the streets of Sakae, and then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Maruya Hatcho Miso, Toyota Kaikan Museum, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Toyota Kaikan Museum ©
Toyota Kaikan Museum
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
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.
On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally shop like a local with Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Takayama travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Funasaka Shuzo Brewery ©
Funasaka Shuzo Brewery
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto online journey planner .

Drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

1
night
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nakatsugawa trip tool .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nakatsugawa takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nakatsugawa when traveling from Matsumoto in October, with lows around 19°C. On the 12th (Sat), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Railway Museum and Forever Museum of Contemporary Art. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like JMSDF Kure Museum and Peace Bell. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kirei Sake Brewery (in Higashihiroshima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Kirei Sake Brewery
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nara National Museum and Food Tours. Let the collections at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotonbori, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Food Tours
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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