25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Florianopolis
Fly + Train:  31 h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  33 h
End: Florianopolis

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 31- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Florianopolis in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Lake Kawaguchi, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
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 (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Nagasaki (Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more), Kumamoto (Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Castle, &more) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Kanazawa to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

6
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 Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:
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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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