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:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  31​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.
Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) will appeal to history buffs. Head to Pola Museum of Art and Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)for some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), Kencho-ji Temple, & more) and Utsunomiya (Oya Stone Museum & Oya temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

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 to Japan Standard Time is 12 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Kamakura, Utsunomiya, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Pola Museum of Art
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Yurateiku Market. Get some historical perspective at Island Countryside Settlement and Torinji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi (in Kohama-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in June; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 37°C and lows reach 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Miyako Shrine and Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. Get a sense of the local culture at Yukishio Museum and Tomori no Amai. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, examine the collection at Sabaoki Park Observatory Facility, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll through Tomori Imugya Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Sun Marina Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Manzamo, enjoy the sand and surf at Moon Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Manza Dream Hole.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Onna-son itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. In July in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach ©

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Yakushimacho History and Folklore Archives.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Ini Rice Terraces (in Akiota-cho). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ini Rice Terraces, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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 off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Ise Shrine Geku. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nara Park & Nara National Museum) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori, Ise Shrine Geku
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, then explore the activities along Nachi Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip maker app .

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Nachikatsura-cho are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Taiji Whale Museum
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ainokura Gassho Community and Shirakawago. Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online attractions planner .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawago
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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