17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 1 night
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
6
Himeji
— 1 night
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and finally walk around Kabira Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Ishigaki. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Ginza.

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You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. In September, Tokyo is slightly colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally visit Higashichaya Old Town.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa visit planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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 15th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally visit Dotombori District.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Himeji visit planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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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