23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  20​h
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
5
Shimoda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brussels

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Family-friendly places like Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima online holiday maker .

Brussels, Belgium to Miyakojima is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Miyakojima. Traveling from Brussels in July, you will find days in Miyakojima are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are much warmer (31°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yonehara Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kondoi Beach and Akashi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sukuji Bathing Beach, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

1
night
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 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Hararyokaku. Gion and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a train to Shimoda.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Visiting Otago Beach and Tagosehama Beach will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Inatori Ukiuki Beach and Odoi Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of Shimoda to go to Izu and see Toi Beach, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kisami Ohama Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shimoda attractions planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Shimoda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Shimoda are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nishiizu-cho, Izu, Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach

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 your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Tokyo National Museum. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Shimoda to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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