32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  28 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
9
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  34 h
End: Sao Paulo

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Urayasu). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo journey planning tool .

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Tokyo in July, things will get little chillier in Sapporo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Jigokudani
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Kanda house, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanazawa Castle Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online itinerary maker .

Getting from Sapporo to Kanazawa by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. When traveling from Sapporo in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more), Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son) and Naha (Makishi Public Market, Kokusaidori, & more). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Kouri Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Michi-no-Eki Kadena, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Manzamo, and kick back and relax at Tropical Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kanazawa to Onna-son in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Kanazawa in July, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Naha, Motobu-cho, Michi-no-Eki Kadena, Tropical Beach, Nirai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

1
night
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then stroll through Glover Garden, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Onna-son to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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
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 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, make a trip to Arashiyama, and snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in July: highs in Kyoto hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
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.
Hakone-machi is known for museums, nature, historic sites, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen, and admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

Before you visit Hakone-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: high temperatures in Hakone-machi hover around 28°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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