14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Wakayama
— 1 night
Train
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Nara
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Osaka is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Osaka is 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are warmer (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Wakayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Wakayama

— 1 night
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II. On a tour of Wakayama, you'll have the chance to take day trips to the prefecture's numerous natural and historic sights, as the town has good connections and also provides easy access to Osaka and Nara.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Momijidani Garden, explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, get in on the family fun at Porto Europe, hunt for treasures at Kuroshio Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kimiidera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kishu Toshogu Shrine.

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Drive from Osaka to Wakayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wakayama can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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 12th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park.

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You can drive from Wakayama to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Nara sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. On the next day, wander the streets of Gion, then admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple 3 Storey Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

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Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, stop by Sanmachi Suji, stop by Onoya Brewery, don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stop by Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

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Drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.