20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kurashiki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h 15​min
6
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brussels

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yamato Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Oyamazumi Shrine (in Imabari), Hatsukaichi (Takinokoji & Senjokaku) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning site .

Brussels, Belgium to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Hiroshima at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum, Oyamazumi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

2
nights
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
On the 4th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, make a trip to Marugame Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, then cruise along Great Seto Bridge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu. On your second day here, stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dogen-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kurashiki attractions app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kurashiki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Takahashi, Okayama, Zentsu-ji Temple, Marugame Castle, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine

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.
Visit Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Toshodaiji Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Hase-dera Temple), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). There's much more to do: make a trip to Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka trip maker tool .

Getting from Kurashiki to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple, Kashihara Jingu
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nanzen-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Uji (Mimurotoji Temple & Byodoin) and Miho Museum (in Koka). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji and contemplate the long history of Kifune-jinja Shrine.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Uji, Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pola Museum of Art and Kuon-ji Temple. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Motosuko Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Kiunkaku (in Atami), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) (in Chichibu). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and explore the striking landscape at Funatsu Tainai Jugata Lava Tree Mold.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in July; daily highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi reach 28°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kuon-ji Temple, Kiunkaku
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) ©
Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 15th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, contemplate the long history of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), take an in-depth tour of Aoba Castle Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Fukuurajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, step into the grandiose world of The remains of Taga Castle Ruined Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, then make a trip to Taga Castle Ruins, then steep yourself in history at Godaido, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sendai trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Sendai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Tagajo, Shiogama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Shiogama Shrine ©
Shiogama Shrine
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendai City Museum ©
Sendai City Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hase-dera Temple and Nezu Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple & Naritasan Omote Sando) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo planning site .

Take a train from Sendai to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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