12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Kamitonda-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  25​h
End: Cape Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kamitonda-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
day
Kamitonda-cho

Kamitonda-cho ©
You've now added 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozenji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, and then make a trip to Sukumadani Kannon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamitonda-cho tour builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Kamitonda-cho. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Kamitonda-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kamitonda-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
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十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail ©
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, see the interesting displays at Ando Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun, and finally don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima port terminal, step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, examine the collection at 007 Museum, then don't miss a visit to Akakabocha, and finally explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kamitonda-cho to Naoshima-cho takes 6 hours. Traveling from Kamitonda-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Naoshima-cho, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takenomichi (in Muko) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Takenomichi
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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