18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Miki
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+4
Taxi + Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  10 h
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Hozomon, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, contemplate the long history of Kitanomaru Park, then explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakuonji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, try your luck at Tokyo Horse Racetrack, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and finally wander the streets of Takadanobaba.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Kakuonji Temple, Tokyo Horse Racetrack
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Konkai Komyoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, then stroll through Mount Hiei, and finally steep yourself in history at Honen-in.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Miki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Honen-in ©
Honen-in

2
nights
Miki

Miki ©
Miki is a city in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Dondo Dam, snap pictures at Misaka Saifon Bridge, admire the sheer force of Kurotaki Fall, stroll around Kashima Ogidaira Natural Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitayama Kashima Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Tenman Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Miki Municipal Hardware Museum, contemplate the long history of The Old Tamaki Residence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyoji Temple, contemplate the long history of The Old Ogawa Residence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiya Hachimangu Shrine, and finally get outside with Miki Horse Land Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Miki trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Kyoto to Miki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Miki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Inami-cho, Takasago
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Dondo Dam ©
Dondo Dam
Kitayama Kashima Shrine ©
Kitayama Kashima Shrine
Omiya Hachimangu Shrine ©
Omiya Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ruins of Kosugidani Village and then take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Miki to Yakushima-cho with the Route module. In November, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer than Miki - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yabiji and Nagamahama Beach Coast. Visit Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya for their historical value. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, steep yourself in history at Mamuya Tomb, get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai, and stroll the grounds of Atonma Tomb.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and flight from Yakushima-cho to Miyakojima in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, with highs in Miyakojima at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 13th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, enjoy the sea views from Uganzaki Lighthouse, then explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and finally enjoy the sea views from Kannonzaki Lighthouse. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, kick back and relax at Kubazaki Beach, then kick back and relax at Hairumubushi Beach, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kohama-jima
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach
Uganzaki Lighthouse ©
Uganzaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pinaisara Falls and Funauki Village. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nakama-river Protected Region. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, admire the sheer force of Kura Falls, steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and head outdoors with Haemida Beach.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima road trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©

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