23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Urayasu
— 2 nights
subway:  30​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Tateyama-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Toyooka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
9
Onna-son
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Hoki Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Japanese History, and then get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Urayasu holiday planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Urayasu is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Urayasu is 7 hours. When traveling from Johannesburg in April, plan for slightly colder days in Urayasu, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a subway to Tokyo.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

National Museum of Japanese History, Hoki Museum, Naritasan Omote Sando
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Meguro River, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Tokyo is just a short distance from Urayasu. Expect little chillier evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Urayasu in April, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Venetian Glass Museum as well as Mount Fuji. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Choanji Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Pola Museum of Art and Lalique Museum Hakone. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Little Prince Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and head outdoors with Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

1
night
Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Tateyama-machi road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tateyama-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Tateyama-machi, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks Nature Museums

2
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 inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Ninna-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple in Uji (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Tateyama-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip builder .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, then explore the activities along Takeno Coast, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kirihama Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daijoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yabu Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Mikobata Senkojo Mine.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Toyooka vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for little chillier days in Toyooka, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yabu Shrine, Daijoji Temple, Mikobata Senkojo Mine
Highlights from your plan
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Yabu Shrine ©
Yabu Shrine

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 25th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asa Zoological Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Toyooka to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Asa Zoological Park ©
Asa Zoological Park

2
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 26th (Sun), kick back and relax at Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Busena Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tobera Rock. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, kick back and relax at Sun Marina Beach, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Onna-son trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Onna-son: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Busena Beach
Highlights from your plan
Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach ©
Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kabira Bay as well as Ibaruma Sabichi Cave. On the 28th (Tue), stop by Yurateiku Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ibaruma Sabichi Cave.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Ishigaki. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

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