20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+4
Train + Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  17​h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Brussels

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Misen and Paddle Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Daishoin Temple, & more). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online route planner .

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. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

6
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.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Himeji Castle
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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 some historical perspective at Matsumoto Castle and Kita Yatsuga-take. Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, admire the sheer force of Haha no Shirataki Waterfall, and hike along Momiji Tunnel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Mount Fuji, Kita Yatsuga-take
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sensō-ji and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan will thrill your kids. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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