15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Kawaguchi
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  24​h
End: Cape Town

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary maker .

Cape Town, South Africa to Osaka is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Osaka, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then look for gifts at MIKOTO Tea House, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Kanazawa is a bit cooler than Osaka - with highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 12th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsuzoin Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saifuku-ji Temple, then bet on your favorite at Kawaguchi Autorace, then don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shakujo-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kawaguchi tour planning app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Kawaguchi in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Kawaguchi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites
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Saifuku-ji Temple ©
Saifuku-ji Temple
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple

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 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kawaguchi to Hiroshima. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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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