29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  31​h
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Ina
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sao Paulo

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Jigokudani and Otaru Canal. Venture out of the city with trips to Asobeach Ishikari (in Ishikari), Rusutsu Resort (in Rusutsu-mura) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa, examine the collection at Furabi, and try out the rides at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary maker app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Sapporo is an approximately 31-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Sapporo is 12 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, Sapporo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Chitose, Furano, Asobeach Ishikari, Rusutsu Resort
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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.
On the 12th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Osaka by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Osaka: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
night
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 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online journey planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Nara National Museum, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally stop by Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara visit planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Nara, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Gion, then stop by Fuuka-Kimono, then shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip site .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ina.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Gion
Gion

7
nights
Ina

Ina ©
Ina is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 68,252 and a population density of 102 persons per km². Step out of the city life by going to Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku and Osakacho Waterfalls. Museum-lovers will appreciate Yoko Nomura Botanical Gallery and Oshika Median Tectonic Line Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Achi-mura (Hirugami Onsen Asaichi Market & Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall), Mt. Kiso Komagatake (in Agematsu-machi) and Komagane (Senjojiki Cirque, Komagane Silk Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, explore the world behind art at Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), and get curious at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ina road trip tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Ina by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Ina to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ina

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagiso-machi, Komagane, Nakatsugawa, Achi-mura, Oshika-mura
Highlights from your plan
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum capture your imagination. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo online travel route planner .

You can drive from Ina to Tokyo in 3 hours. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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