23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yoshino-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street, Akihabara and Laurel Tokyo. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa attractions tool.

Fly from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, wander the streets of Motomachi, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Hakodate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in May: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 18°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, Kyoto is a bit warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Yoshino-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Yoshino-cho

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinbu Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshino, then contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoshimizu Shrine. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Ishibutai Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Yoshino-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Yoshino-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Yoshino-cho dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Yoshino-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel route planner.

You can drive from Yoshino-cho to Himeji in 3 hours. Traveling from Yoshino-cho in May, you will find days in Himeji are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
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.
Spend 18th (Thu) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, walk around Banna Park, and explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In May, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

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.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.