26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Koya-cho
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Matsushima-machi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
9
Nagoya
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
10
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking tours as well as Dotonbori. On the 26th (Thu), wander the streets of Dotonbori, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asazawasha Shrine.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka attractions planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Toshodaiji Temple
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho journey builder .

You can take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Ryusen-in Temple ©
Ryusen-in Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Tsunami and Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Station.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums
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Yasui Shrine ©
Yasui Shrine
Tekijuku ©
Tekijuku

1
night
Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
On the 30th (Mon), snap pictures at Sukashi Bridge, steep yourself in history at Godaido, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenrin-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, and finally kick back and relax at Tsukihama Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matsushima-machi trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Osaka to Matsushima-machi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in September, you will find days in Matsushima-machi are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tsukihama Beach
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Godaido ©
Godaido
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Zuiganji ©
Zuiganji

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu). Kencho-ji Temple and Sensō-ji will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). There's more to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine and go for a walk through Hozomon.

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Take a train from Matsushima-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Matsushima-machi in September, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mt. Takao, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ninna-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Shirakawago. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Osakacho Waterfalls, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Takayama holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirakawago, Osakacho Waterfalls
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Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Daiouji Temple ©
Daiouji Temple

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koboyama Ancient Tomb and Hodaka Shrine Okumiya. Get a sense of the local culture at Matsumoto Castle and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, admire the sheer force of Bandokoro Otaki Falls, get outside with Konashidaira, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School

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.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Matsumoto in October, with lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakushimacho History and Folklore Archives. Get outdoors at Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, and go for a walk through Gejibe no Sato.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho visit planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Nagoya to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in October: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

1
night
Osaka

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get little chillier in Osaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Rokko
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Food Tours
Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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