21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Kita
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Okayama
— 3 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h
End: Brussels


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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Visiting Hojo Beach and Okitsu Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Kembutsu Beach (in Tateyama) and Ubara Beach (in Katsuura). It doesn't end there: shop like a local with Ginza and wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tateyama, Katsuura
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Visit Mishima Taisha Shrine and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Tagosehama Beach and Dogashima Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fuji: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Mishima (Gempeigawa River & Rakujuen Park) and Futo Beach (in Nishiizu-cho).

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fuji journey maker tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fuji: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nishiizu-cho, Mishima, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
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Dogashima Island ©
Dogashima Island
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally don't miss a visit to Nifrel.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kita online vacation planner .

Drive from Fuji to Kita in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Fuji in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kita, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nifrel
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka City Central Hall ©
Osaka City Central Hall

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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and Old Shizutani School. Take a break from the city and head to Hinase Islands and Megijima Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okayama: Ogijima Island (in Takamatsu) and Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki (in Kurashiki). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Okayama.

To plan Okayama vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: highs in Okayama hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Takamatsu, Bizen, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki
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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Megijima Island ©
Megijima Island
AEON MALL Mall Okayama ©
AEON MALL Mall Okayama

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miyajima and Daishoin Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kuromatsu Beach and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Itsukushima Shrine) and Oda (Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine & Gungendo Honten). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Oda, Kuromatsu Beach
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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