20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  21 h 45 min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hiroshima is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Hiroshima. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then stroll around Nara Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online route planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 17th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Takayama Museum of History and Art.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 18th (Thu), examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Kuratsuki Reservoir, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, then wander the streets of Gokayama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gankei-ji Temple.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online travel route planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nanto
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Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nezu Shrine and Tokyo National Museum. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Samurai Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, visit Ueno, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Imugya Marine Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then stroll around Banna Park, then head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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