22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  33​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Sankeien (in Mihara) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Hiroshima is an approximately 33-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Hiroshima is 12 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in March: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Sankeien
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kobe (Kobe Oji Zoo, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and stroll through Mt Shosha hiking.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji vacation maker website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kobe, Mt. Takamikura
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route builder .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip maker website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama
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5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 11th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online vacation maker .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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