24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  30​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Matsumoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Rock Garden (in Ome) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Tokyo. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rock Garden, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
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.
On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, and finally admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Kuon-ji Temple, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Jiun-ji Temple
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Kuon-ji Temple ©
Kuon-ji Temple

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Yamazaki River, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, then take a stroll through Sakae, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya holiday builder site .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March: highs in Nagoya hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Nature
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and explore the galleries of Asahiyaki.

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

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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 31st (Tue): stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Mt. Koya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada), Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, The World Money Box Museum, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Mt. Koya, Kusuri no Yakata
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then stop by MIKOTO Tea House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool .

Getting from Osaka to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Osaka in April, with highs in Kanazawa at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aratama Valley, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Imperial Palace. Let the collections at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and Wa Space capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, & more) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka). See some other sides of Tokyo: get a taste of the local shopping with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), make a trip to Omotesando, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and explore the galleries of Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafe.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner .

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Mt. Takao, Enoshima Island
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Yokohama Nature Sanctuary ©
Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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