20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine. Visit Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Hatsukaichi) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Brussels in October, expect Hiroshima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Shimojiiima Island. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Miyakojima by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in October: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 33°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach. On your second day here, get outside with Todomari Beach, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Yonehara Beach, walk around Banna Park, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

3
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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Nikko Tosho-gu. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Chuzenji and Yudaki Falls. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Okumiya, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip builder website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Nikko in 7 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, expect Nikko to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Gion.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in October: highs in Kyoto hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.