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
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 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.
Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Mazda Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as JMSDF Kure Museum and Yamato Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planning website .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Hiroshima. Traveling from Brussels in July, things will get a bit warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Mazda Museum, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

4
nights
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Shop till you drop at Aibi Kobo and Miyanoura Gallery Rokku. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Teshima Art Museum and Ohara Museum of Art. Explore Kurashiki's surroundings by going to Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji), Teshima Yokoo House (in Teshima) and Naoshima-cho (Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu, explore the world behind art at Imabari Kono Museum, steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kurashiki trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kurashiki by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Kurashiki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Imabari, Tonosho-cho, Zentsu-ji Temple, Kotohira-gu
Highlights from your plan
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

Plan my day in Osaka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Nishinomiya Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Universal City Walk Osaka ©
Universal City Walk Osaka
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and then examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

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 Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shiraito Falls. Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Doryuno Falls (in Hokuto) and Lalique Museum Hakone (in Hakone-machi). There's more to do: explore the activities along Motosuko Lake.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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. Traveling from Kyoto in July, things will get slightly colder in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: highs are around 28°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Doryuno Falls, Shiraito Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

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), take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, stop by Souvenir Shop Sendai, then step off the mainland to explore Fukuurajima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then see the interesting displays at Tanabata Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sendai tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Sendai by combination of bus and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Shiogama Shrine ©
Shiogama Shrine
Sendai City Museum ©
Sendai City Museum
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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.
Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Nezu Museum. Head to teamLab Borderless and Minato Mirai 21for some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Sendai to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

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