29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + train:  30​h
1
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Onna-son
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You'll explore and learn at Oya Stone Museum and Fujishiro Seiji Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Senjogahara Field and Yudaki Falls. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, stroll around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, stroll through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nikko attractions planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Nikko is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 12 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nikko, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujishiro Seiji Museum, Nikko National Park, Oya History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally look for gifts at Horigane Bussan Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): fly down the slopes at Norikura Kogen (Highland) and then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in September, Matsumoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Wildlife Winter Sports

Side Trips

Horigane Bussan Center, Suwa Shrine, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Highlights from your plan
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Matsumoto City Museum of Art ©
Matsumoto City Museum of Art

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and then make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in September, with highs in Nachikatsura-cho at 32°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Nishiki Market Shopping District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto visit website .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Hikone Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, look for gifts at Myochin Hompo, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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 28th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kure, Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Kabira Park, browse the exhibits of Nei Museum of Art, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then walk around Banna Park, and finally look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in September; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, walk around Imugya Marine Garden, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planning site .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then don't miss a visit to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. In October in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Zakimi Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

7
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & The Hakone Open-Air Museum), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in) and Yokohama (Yokohama Museum of Art & Minato Mirai 21). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey builder .

You can fly from Onna-son to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than Onna-son - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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