22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  32​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  6​h 45​min
5
Fuji
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Cape Town

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've added Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), Robot Restaurant, Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Kansenen Park and then take in a show at Robot Restaurant.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Tokyo. Traveling from Cape Town in February, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

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.
Itsukushima Shrine has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajima, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendahyo Park, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
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.
Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum has been added to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Tōdai-ji. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Akashi Kaikyo National Gorvernment Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more), Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum) and Mount Koyasan (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dotonbori, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and get great views at Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Mt. Koya, Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamboo Forest Street, Kiyamachi Street and Senso-ji Temple. Visit Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Gion and Sanjusangendo Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, head outdoors with Arashiyama, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and make a trip to Nishiki Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Senso-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Fuji-Q Highland has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishima Taisha, and then find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jissoji.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji vacation trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Fuji in 4.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mishima Taisha, Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Konica Minolta Planetarium Tenku to your itinerary. On the 21st (Wed), browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then see the sky in a new way at Konica Minolta Planetarium Tenku, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Yokohama Chinatown.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary builder.

You can drive from Fuji to Tokyo in 2 hours. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Chinatown
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

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