18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 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 30​min
4
Kita
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, take some stellar pictures from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally stroll through Kanazawa Castle Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and take some stellar pictures from Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kita online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Otemae Street, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find out how to plan a trip to Himeji, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kita to Himeji by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally stroll through Miyajima.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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