31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  28​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 45​min
4
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  31​h
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Visit Tokyo National Museum and Hase-dera Temple for their historical value. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning app .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Tokyo. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Sea Candle, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Sankeien Gardens
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Kiunkaku. Visit Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu for their historical value. Step out of Hakone-machi with an excursion to Lake Kawaguchiko in Fujikawaguchiko-machi--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi travel route website .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Baths

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Mount Fuji, Kiunkaku
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Appreciate the collections at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Sanmachi Suji & Takayama Jinya) and Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Nagasaki

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.
Popular historic sites such as Glover Garden and Kazagashira Park are in your itinerary. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Former Glover House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, and meet the residents at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nagasaki. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
You'll explore and learn at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

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 28th (Fri): make a trip to Otemae Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji holiday builder website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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 Nijo-jo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and get a sense of history and politics at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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