37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
2
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
6
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Kita
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
9
Hiroshima
— 1 night
10
Nagasaki
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  7​h
11
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 45​min
12
Narita
— 1 night
train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv


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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.
You've added teamLab Borderless, Odaiba, Maison de Julietta, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 3:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Garyu Park as well as Matsushiro Castle. On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple and then stroll around Garyu Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Nagano is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Garyu Park
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Matsushiro Castle ©
Matsushiro Castle
Garyu Park ©
Garyu Park

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
MIKOTO Tea House has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nomura Family Samurai House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Kanazawa Castle. There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip site .

Take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
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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 8th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then take a stroll through Sakae, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Philosopher's Walk as well as Hanamikoji Street. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Nara Park, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in September: highs in Kyoto hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 14th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka, examine the collection at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kita.

Things to do in Nara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kurozuka Kofun Museum, Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Taisha Museum ©
Kasuga Taisha Museum
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

4
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Osaka Castle and Wakayama Castle will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and get a taste of the local shopping with Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kita trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Nara to Kita in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in September, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Kita. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Wakayama Castle
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
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.
You've now added Kinosaki Onsen to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, and stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Kita to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Baths Spas Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinosaki Onsen, Takeda Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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Kinosaki Onsen ©
Kinosaki Onsen
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Make your Nagasaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Narita.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Shinchi Chinatown ©
Shinchi Chinatown
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and The Hokkaido University Museum. Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo St. Michael's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, stroll around Moerenuma Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo online tour planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Sapporo in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In September, Sapporo is little chillier than Nagasaki - with highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Narita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Otaru, Jigokudani, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Shisui Premium Outlets.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Narita travel route planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Narita by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in October, with highs in Narita at 25°C and lows at 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Shisui Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

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