10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

3
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.
Zojo-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Kagurazaka. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Omotesando.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Toji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Nishi Honganji. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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