14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

2
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, let your taste buds guide you at Best Experience Japan, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

To see maps and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday builder app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
On the 11th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, then stop by Dotombori District, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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.
On the 13th (Tue), have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning app.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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