34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Yamanakako-mura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Shizuoka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

7
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 Asakusa. Get in touch with nature at Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Mt. Takao. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Mt. Kamakura (in Kamakura), Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama) and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Odaiba, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in פברואר; daily highs in Tokyo reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Mt. Takao, Mt. Kamakura, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Rock Garden
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in מרץ, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yamanakako-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

4
nights
Yamanakako-mura

Yamanakako-mura ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mount Fuji and Lumiere Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Yamanaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamanakako-mura: Koshu (L'orient Wine Shirayuri Brewery, Asaya Winery, &more), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yamanakako-mura road trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Yamanakako-mura in 1.5 hours. In מרץ, daily temperatures in Yamanakako-mura can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yamanakako-mura

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Koshu, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Lake Kawaguchi, Mount Fuji, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Ise Grand Shrine and Tokugawa Art Museum. Shop till you drop at Sakae and Oasis 21. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Okageza, Oharai-machi, &more), Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail (in Nakatsugawa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, and see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya journey site.

Traveling by car from Yamanakako-mura to Nagoya takes 4 hours. While traveling from Yamanakako-mura, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Nakasendo Magome-juku, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Hayakawa Hamonoten. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Gion, get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In מרץ, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle. Head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotomborifor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more) and Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Koko-en, &more). There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and explore the world behind art at Otani Memorial Art Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka day trip site.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In מרץ, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Otani Memorial Art Museum
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
nights
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): browse the fresh offerings at Shimizu Fish Market Kashinoichi, take in the waterfront at S Pulse Dream Plaza, delve into the lush surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Shizuoka castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kakegawa Castle Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotonomama Hachimangu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daikakuji Zenshuin Temple, look for gifts at Yaizu Sakana Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yachihoko Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shizuoka online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Shizuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in מרץ since evenings lows in Shizuoka dip to 10°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Yaizu, Kakegawa
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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) ©
Kotonomama Hachimangu ©
Kotonomama Hachimangu

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Escape the urban bustle at Enoshima Island and Minamisawa Ajisaiyama. Head to Art Jeunesse Akihabara and Minato Mirai 21for plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka), Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). See even more of Tokyo: admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, get all the equipment you need at Kimono Me, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Shizuoka in מרץ, with lows around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Enoshima Island
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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