26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  29​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
End: Sao Paulo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nezu Shrine and Mitsumine Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Enoshima Island. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Semba Boadwalk (in Mito), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, & more) and Jogashima Island (in Jogashima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Japan Standard Time is 12 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Mitsumine Shrine, Enoshima Island, Jogashima Island
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
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.
On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone and then hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kiunkaku
Highlights from your plan
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 29th (Wed), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, explore the activities along Yamazaki River, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Arimatsu no Machinami, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bansho-ji Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Bansho-ji Temple ©
Bansho-ji Temple

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Explore hidden gems such as Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail and Eishoji Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Magome Wakihonjin Museum and Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan. Venture out of the city with trips to Tajimi (Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi & Kokeizan Eihoji Temple). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Fukutoku Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Stone Pavement In Ochiai, get curious at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum, and steep yourself in history at Masugata Waterwheel.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nakatsugawa trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tajimi
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine ©
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey website .

Getting from Nakatsugawa to Hiroshima by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine, contemplate the long history of Bizenmaru, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Himeji online vacation planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Takasago
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Bizenmaru ©
Bizenmaru

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Step out of Kyoto to go to Koka and see Miho Museum, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online holiday planner .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Muroji Temple are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Mint Museum and Kids Plaza Osaka. Venture out of the city with trips to Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Toshodai-ji Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kinpusenji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

Make your Osaka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple, Kinpusenji Temple, Muroji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 13th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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