20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Sendai
— 1 night
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). You'll explore and learn at Samurai Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Fire Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning app.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
night
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 4th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Aoba Castle Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sendai trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Sendai are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
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Sendai City Museum ©
Sendai City Museum
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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.
Get outdoors at Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mitsumine Shrine and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Minobu-cho (Kuon-ji Temple & Grave of Nichirenshoto Gosoan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Funatsu Tainai Jugata Lava Tree Mold, and explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Sendai to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Minobu-cho, Pola Museum of Art, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Tofuku-ji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Kennin-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Mimurotoji Temple about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mimurotoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hase-dera Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nara National Museum and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinpusenji Temple and make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Horyu-ji Temple, Kinpusenji Temple, Hase-dera 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.
You'll explore and learn at Ohara Museum of Art and Benesse House Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kotohira-gu and Kibitsu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Marugame Castle (in Marugame), Bitchu Matsuyama Castle (in Takahashi) and Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomo no Ura, walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, contemplate the long history of Ota House, and admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum.

Start your trip to Kurashiki by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Osaka to Kurashiki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fukuyama, Okayama, Naoshima-cho, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, Marugame Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsuruhane Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Myojo-in. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodateitsukushima Shrine, thensee the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Hakodateitsukushima Shrine, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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