9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 1 night
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and let your taste buds guide you at Best Experience Japan.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour builder tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
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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