19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
train + bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
6
Okayama
— 1 night
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h
End: Brussels

2
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Fire Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip website .

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In July, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Brussels - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum, steep yourself in history at Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Godaido. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fukuurajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, and finally contemplate the long history of Taga Castle Ruins.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sendai trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine, Taga Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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Shiogama Shrine ©
Shiogama Shrine
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendai City Museum ©
Sendai City Museum

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 in touch with nature at Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Minobu-cho (Kuon-ji Temple & Grave of Nichirenshoto Gosoan). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, explore the striking landscape at Funatsu Tainai Jugata Lava Tree Mold, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi visit planning app .

Getting from Sendai to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Minobu-cho, Pola Museum of Art, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) ©
Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Kuon-ji Temple ©
Kuon-ji Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Uji (Byodoin & Mimurotoji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto vacation planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uji, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Toshodaiji Temple and Kinpusenji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai & Koyasan Danjo Garan). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple and make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Osaka using our trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Hase-dera Temple, Kinpusenji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bizen no Kuni Sojagu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsuhiko Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Oharake House Katalyzer.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Okayama day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oharake House Katalyzer
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:
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Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine
Kibitsuhiko Shrine ©
Kibitsuhiko Shrine
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyama Shrine, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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