16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Nanjo
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Jerusalem

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take a stroll through Motomachi and then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, and then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip builder app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Hakodate is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of bus, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in October, you will find days in Hakodate are cooler (18°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

4
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 Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Dotonbori, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and shop like a local with Kyoto Station Building.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hakodate to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hakodate in October, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nanjo

With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
On the 24th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, and finally contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nanjo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Nanjo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Kyoto in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Nanjo: highs are around 33°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Nanjo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Itoman
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 26th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taketomicho Iriomote-jima journey planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Nanjo to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Minato Mirai 21 and Tsukiji Market. Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Omotesando, and admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Tokyo takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 18°C. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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