23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Johannesburg

7
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.
Imperial Palace and Kōtoku-in will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Art Jeunesse Akihabara and Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Naka (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens), Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Tokyo. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Minoyama Park
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 17:
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Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Museum of Oriental Ceramics & Namban Culture Center) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

9
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step out of the city life by going to Ueno Zoo and Pola Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Asakusa, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Hase-dera Temple, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 30:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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