14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  28​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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 with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kyoto (Toji & Kinkaku-ji). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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