27 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

27 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

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27 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  30​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  10​h
3
Coron, Philippines
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Siargao Island, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Coron, Philippines
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
6
El Nido, Philippines
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h
7
Shiroishi, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  36​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sensō-ji and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route builder .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hase-dera Temple
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

5
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Nanzenji Suirokaku, make a trip to Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Coron, Philippines

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Take a break from the city and head to Kalitang Beach and Coral Garden. Spend the 6th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Banol Beach, explore the activities along Twin Lagoon, take in the natural beauty of Maquinit Hot Spring, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coron trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Coron takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Coron. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Siargao Island.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Banol Beach ©
Banol Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Garden ©
Coral Garden

2
nights
Siargao Island, Philippines

Siargao Island ©
A lush oasis of tropical vegetation surrounded by warm waters east of the Philippines, Siargao Island offers a mix of mangrove forests, squeaky-clean sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ni Cristo, then head off the coast to Dako Island, and then step off the mainland to explore Naked Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Magpaponko Swimming Hole and then kick back and relax at Magpupungko Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Siargao Island road trip site .

You can fly from Coron to Siargao Island in 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Siargao Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Magpupungko Beach ©
Magpupungko Beach
Dako Island ©
Dako Island
Naked Island ©
Naked Island

2
nights
Coron, Philippines

Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Skeleton Reef, explore the activities along Barracuda Lake, and then explore the activities along Kayangan Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Coron trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Siargao Island to Coron takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Skeleton Reef ©
Skeleton Reef

5
nights
El Nido, Philippines

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Relax by the water at Nacpan Beach and Hidden Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Seven Commando Beach. Go for a jaunt from El Nido to Taytay to see Fort Santa Isabel about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Las Cabanas Beach, explore the activities along Small Lagoon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Lagoon Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read El Nido trip maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Coron to El Nido takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Fort Santa Isabel
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Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon

1
night
Shiroishi, Japan

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Miyagi Zao Fox Village has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Samurai Housing, explore the historical opulence of Shiroishi Castle, then go for a walk through Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, and finally don't miss a visit to Funaoka Castle Ruins.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shiroishi trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Nido to Shiroishi. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Museum, Funaoka Castle Ruins
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Shiroishi Castle ©
Shiroishi Castle

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