12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Omiwa Shrine and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Step out of the city life by going to Amore Beach and Sakuya Konohanakan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kawasaki Good Times World (in Chuo), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Kyoto (Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Daikaku-ji, & more). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, stop by Tower Knives Osaka, and see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

Cape Town, South Africa to Osaka is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kashihara Jingu, Omiwa Shrine, Amore Beach, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hojo Beach and Kembutsu Beach. Fire Museum and Hozomon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kakuonji Temple (in Kamakura), Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Tsurumi) and Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, steep yourself in history at Oyama Afuri Shrine, examine the collection at Tobu Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tateyama, Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Ibaraki Nature Museum, Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple, Samukawa Shrine
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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