24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  30​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Fuji and Asaya Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Yachiho Highland Natural Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Nishizawa Valley (in Yamanashi) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's still lots to do: trek along Kita Yatsuga-take and go for a walk through Momiji Tunnel.

For photos and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kita Yatsuga-take, Asaya Winery, Nishizawa Valley
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Castle. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Itsukushima Shrine Torii (in Hatsukaichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hiroshima by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Mazda Museum
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.
Get outdoors at Hattoji Furusatomura and Mt. Kuma. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Himeji to Bizen to see Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: trek along Mt Shosha hiking and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bizen, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Nishiki Market Shopping District. Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Jikko Cutlery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Higashiyama (Sanjusangendo Temple & Kiyomizu-dera Temple), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kyoto (Yodoryokuchi Park, Gion, & more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka online trip builder .

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Jikko Cutlery
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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