14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Goto
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Nanjo
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  22​h
End: Johannesburg

2
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 explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and Asakusa. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Omotesando, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Goto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
night
Goto

Goto ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tontomari Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kusuhara Church, and then kick back and relax at Takahama Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Osezaki Dangai, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Egami Church, and then stroll through Hisakajima.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Goto trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Goto. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: highs in Goto hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Goto

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Takahama Beach ©
Takahama Beach
Tontomari Beach ©
Tontomari Beach
Egami Church ©
Egami Church

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 8th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then wander the streets of Wilson Stump, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Yakusugi Land.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Goto to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goto in September: highs in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

1
night
Nanjo

With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
On the 10th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Blue Cave, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nanjo trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Nanjo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nanjo when traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in September, with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nanjo

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Ashibina Outlet Mall, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

3
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.
Nijo-jo Castle and Dotonbori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minami (Namba) and Toji. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Nanjo to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Traveling from Nanjo in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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