16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Miyajima. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Boat Tours & Water Sports). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

Brussels, Belgium to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Ishigaki — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel route builder website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Kyoto — 5 nights

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Kuromon Market (in Nippombashi) and The World Money Box Museum (in Amagasaki). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, go for a walk through Gion, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, expect Kyoto to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Odaiba District and Edo-Tokyo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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