23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Naha
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Matsue
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba and Imperial Palace. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Tokyo is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, kick back and relax at Nakano Beach, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect nights in Iriomote-jima to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Sefa-Utaki and Izumo Taisha Okinawa Bunsha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Himeyuri Peace Museum and Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, examine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Miyakojima to Naha takes 2.5 hours. In March in Naha, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Itoman, Nanjo, Haebaru Town Museum, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, Cape Zampa
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:
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Himeyuri Peace Museum ©
Himeyuri Peace Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Daishoin Temple, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). It doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in March, you will find days in Hiroshima are little chillier (16°C), and nights are cooler (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateiwa Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Former Taisha Station, then get advice or help at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then explore the activities along Shinji Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Matsue trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

5
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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, tram, and train. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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