22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Yasugi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+2
train + Fly + train:  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.
Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, 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. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Appreciate the collections at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Ikeda museum of 20th century art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi) and Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba (in Izu). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi journey builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi ©
Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Arts Festival of the Village of the Earth and Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten. Venture out of the city with trips to Jukambo National Museum (in Kusatsu-machi), Ehonto Kinomi Museum (in Tokamachi) and The Japanease Memorial Museum of Skiing (in Joetsu). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in October since evenings lows in Yamanouchi-machi dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yasugi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tokamachi, Ike no Taira Shitsugen, Jukambo National Museum, Gozensui, The Japanease Memorial Museum of Skiing
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Echigo Tsumari Art Field ©
Echigo Tsumari Art Field
The Japanease Memorial Museum of Skiing ©

1
night
Yasugi

Yasugi ©
Yasugi is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 38,875 and a population density of 92 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Wako Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kano Museum of Art, Yasugi City. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at The Itohara Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan, and then take in breathtaking views at Oni no Shitaburui.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yasugi trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yamanouchi-machi to Yasugi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yasugi

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Okuizumo-cho, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Wako Museum ©
Wako Museum
Kano Museum of Art, Yasugi City ©
Kano Museum of Art, Yasugi City

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.
You'll explore and learn at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Venture out of the city with trips to Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima route site .

Getting from Yasugi to Hiroshima by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
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.
Visit Himeji Castle and Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at FAN Museum and Asago Art Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Aotama Shrine (in Taka-cho), Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji travel route website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bizen, Asago, Aotama Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Aotama Shrine ©
Aotama 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kyoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka Castle
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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