33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  28​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 12 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya (Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine & Kengamine), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Reijin Brewery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujinomiya, Reijin Brewery, Matsumoto Castle, Mount Fuji
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

5
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: Angel Land Fukui (in Sakai), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Sanmachi Suji, & more). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Angel Land Fukui, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, & more), Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho) and Himeji (Koko-en Garden, Himeji Castle, & more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara, Mt. Koya, Honan Market
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). Explore Tokyo further: take a stroll through Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Central Railway Station, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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