17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels
+4
Train + Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + 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.
Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Step out of Hiroshima to go to Sapporo and see Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which is approximately 14h 45 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site.

Brussels, Belgium to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Hiroshima at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji journey maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Himeji, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. Venture out of the city with trips to Four-M (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Visiting Lake Kawaguchi and Joren Waterfall will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mt. Ishiwari (in Yamanakako-mura) and Izu (Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, Toi Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sankodai.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel route 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 flight and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kyoto in July, with highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi at 28°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Izu, Mount Fuji, Ryugatake, Mt. Ishiwari
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Akihabara. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, Kōtoku-in, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary builder.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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