36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  29 h
1
Tokyo
— 15 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 7 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Tokyo
— 1 day
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Sao Paulo

15
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Susukino (in Sapporo), Yokohama (Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, Yamashita Park, &more) and Sojiji (in Nishitokyo). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tokyo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 12 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Urayasu, Enoshima Island, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

7
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Byodoin (in Uji). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nagoya Castle, Todai-ji Temple, Chubu Park, Byodoin
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

7
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.
You've now added Osaka Castle Park to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Torodo Temple, &more) and Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, visit Dotombori District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Kobe
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
day
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 18th (Sat), make a trip to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), make a trip to Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Tokyo International Forum, thendon't miss a visit to Shinjuku Golden Gai, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Shopping Museums
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Hama Rikyu Gardens ©
Hama Rikyu Gardens
Shinjuku Golden Gai ©
Shinjuku Golden Gai
Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) ©
Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)

3
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.
On the 19th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, thentake some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Hakone Stone‐paved Road, thenexplore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

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You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Baths Theme Parks
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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