26 days in Zurich & Japan Itinerary

26 days in Zurich & Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Zurich & Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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hours
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in January: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Tours
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5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace. Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Ginza, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

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Fly from Zurich to Tokyo in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Tokyo. When traveling from Zurich in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. For shopping fun, head to Itsukushima Gekijyo or Schmoe House. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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Himeji, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himeji vacation planning tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sumiyoshi Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Jodoji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Sumiyoshi Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Shrine
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto National Museum and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle), Ibaraki City Cultural Museum (in Ibaraki) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, and explore the galleries of Nishijin Textile Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Ibaraki City Cultural Museum
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Swiss National Museum and Zurich Toy Museum. Get some historical perspective at Fraumünster Church and Grossmunster. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Altstadt Luzern, & more). Explore Zurich further: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, and get a taste of the local shopping with Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip builder tool .

You can fly from Kyoto to Zurich in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto to Zurich, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Swiss National Museum ©
Swiss National Museum
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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