24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Matsue
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Ise
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​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.
Explore hidden gems such as Samurai Museum and Marunouchi. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel app .

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. When traveling from Brussels in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Hataya Textile Factory Memorial Hall. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Oyama Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more), Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum and admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa vacation planning tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Katsuyama, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Ainokura Gassho Community
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Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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.
Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle Keshoyagura, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyoshinji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takasago, Kyoshinji Temple, Sumiyoshi Shrine
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Sumiyoshi Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
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3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yaegaki Shrine and Former Taisha Station. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Izumo (Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Hinomisaki Shrine, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine, take a stroll through Mihonoseki, and don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsue trip planner .

Drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Matsue, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Izumo, Mizuki Shigeru Museum, Adachi Museum of Art
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Popular historic sites such as Ise Shrine Geku and Ise Grand Shrine are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience and Okageza. Take a break from Ise with a short trip to Takinomiya in Taiki-cho, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Okage Yokocho, make a trip to Hinjitsukan, and see the interesting displays at Ise Washi Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ise trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Ise in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Matsue in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ise, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Meiwa-cho, Takinomiya
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ise to Miyakojima by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ise in March; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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