20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
6
Kurashiki
— 3 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 3 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.
Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Samurai Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Hase-dera Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brussels to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum, make a trip to Sendaijo Ato, step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally head off the coast to Fukuurajima. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, steep yourself in history at Tagajo Seicho Ato, contemplate the long history of Taga Castle Ruins, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, thensteep yourself in history at Godaido, and finally sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Sendai tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Tagajo, Shiogama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Zuiganji ©
Zuiganji

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Motosuko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Funatsu Tainai Jugata Lava Tree Mold, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erin-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kofu Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuon-ji Temple.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Sendai to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Fujiyoshida, Kofu, Kuon-ji Temple, Erin-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kuon-ji Temple ©
Kuon-ji Temple
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hase-dera Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore hidden gems such as Kasuga Grand Shrine and Horyu-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Sakurai, Himeji Castle, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

3
nights
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kotohira-gu and Ohara Museum of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and Kibitsu Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kurashiki: Zentsuji (Kagawa Gokoku Shrine & Zentsu-ji Temple), Naoshima-cho (Art House Project, Chichu Art Museum, &more) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomo no Ura, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Senkoji & Senkoji Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kurashiki online route planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kurashiki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kurashiki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Fukuyama, Zentsuji, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Kibitsu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

3
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 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thenexamine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

Discover how to plan a Hiroshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Kurashiki to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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