20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Asakusa, and visit Ginza.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo. 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 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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 7th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenlook for gifts at Maruya Hatcho Miso, and finally see the interesting displays at Toyota Kaikan Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, visit Sakae, and then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagoya vacation planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Maruya Hatcho Miso, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Toyota Kaikan Museum
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
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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: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, thenhunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, thenwander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip builder website.

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 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. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
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 ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planning site.

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Shopping 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. For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nakatsugawa road trip app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nakatsugawa takes 2 hours. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nakatsugawa, with lows around 19°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kyoto Railway Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Kyoto National Museum. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip website.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at JMSDF Kure Museum and Daishoin Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Mikasahama Beach) and Kirei Sake Brewery (in Higashihiroshima). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey maker site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kirei Sake Brewery, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, thenindulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, thensee the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary 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, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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