30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey tool .

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 when traveling from Cape Town to Tokyo is 7 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

6
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 in touch with nature at Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Asahiyaki will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: make a trip to Gion, identify plant and animal life at Yodoryokuchi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Asahiyaki, Himeji Castle
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Mikasahama Beach) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Visiting Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama and get outside with Boraga Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Miyakojima route planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

7
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Nei Museum of Art. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Kubazaki Beach in Kohama-jima, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Sukuji Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Shiraho Beach, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kubazaki Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

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