28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo — 6 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless as well as Unko Museum Tokyo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fukagawa Fudodo and Samukawa Shrine. Let the collections at Katsushika Shibamata Torasan Memorial Hall and Okada Museum of Art capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Choanji Temple & Hakone Museum of Art). There's lots more to do: stop by MUJI Yurakucho, take a stroll through Kitashinagawa Shopping Street, examine the collection at World Bags and Luggage Museum, and explore the world behind art at Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Motorcar Museum of Japan and Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) and Fudosonkorin Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Toyama (Shiratori Castle Ruin, Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, &more), Fukui (Asuwa Shrine, Keya Kurotatsu Shrine, &more) and Nanto (Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple & Iwase Family). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakusan, and contemplate the long history of Dokidoki Kyoryu Hakkutsu Land.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:

Takayama — 2 nights

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 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Hirayu Fall, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, browse the exhibits of Great Limestone Cave of Hida and Ohashi Collection Museum, snap pictures at Nakabashi Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and finally visit Ogimachi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Hida Bussankan, get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip site.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Takayama in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Nagoya — 3 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kids will enjoy Arimatsu no Machinami and Nagoya City Museum. Head to Mozo Wonder City and Ayabe Utsuwateifor plenty of shopping. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Tajimi (Kokeizan Eihoji Temple & Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, examine the collection at Chubu Electric Power Science Museum, and browse the range of quality goods at Matsuzakaya Nagoya.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Takayama to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.
Museums · Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Nikko — 2 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll around Nikko Daiyagawa Park, stop by Nikko Okaki Factory, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sainoko Lake, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Okumiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Unryukeikoku Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Setoai-kyo Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hotokeiwa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, then contemplate the long history of Kanaya Hotel History House, and finally admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls.

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Traveling by train from Nagoya to Nikko takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 24th (Fri).
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Tokyo — 7 nights

Kids will enjoy Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Tobu Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fire Museum and Marquis Maeda Old Western Style House. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Enoshima Sea Candle (in Fujisawa), Koajiro Forest (in Miura) and Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Kakuonji Temple, &more). Explore Tokyo further: explore the world behind art at Yamatane Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, engage your brain at Tamarokuto Science Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 24 — Oct 1:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.