42 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

42 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

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42 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  30 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  29 h
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Nara, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Kyoto, Japan
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Nagoya, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Shimukappu-mura, Japan
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 30 min
11
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
12
Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  39 h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

6
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 list of things to see and do now includes Edo-Tokyo Museum, Senso-ji Temple, Ginza Itoya Hontren, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Takeshita Street and Hie Jinjya. Explore hidden gems such as Akihabara and Shibuya Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route builder app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Tokyo, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Hie Jinjya ©
Hie Jinjya

2
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You've now added Hakone Ropeway to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. 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. You will leave for Kyoto on the 4th (Sat).
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in January, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
night
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nara day trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

few
hours
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto
For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. On the 8th (Wed), you're off toHiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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2
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.
On the next day, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Miyajima History Folk Museum, then browse the different shops at Asse, and finally examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Miyama Shrine ©
Miyama Shrine

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sakae and JR Central Towers. Kids will enjoy Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Hinjitsukan, Jingu Chokokan Museum, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, stroll through Yamazaki River, and see the interesting displays at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Sapporo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ise
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

2
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Sapporo Satoland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum and then hit the slopes at Sapporo Teine.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Nagoya to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In January, Sapporo is little chillier than Nagoya - with highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Shimukappu-mura.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

7
nights
Shimukappu-mura, Japan

Shimukappu-mura ©
You've now added Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido to your itinerary. Head to Michi-no-Eki Shizen Taikan Shimukappu and Memuro Farmers Market Aisaiyafor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Higashi Taisetsu Nature Center and Nibutani Ainu Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimukappu-mura: Yoshitsune Shrine (in Biratori-cho), Obihiro (Beet Museum & Obihiro Shrine) and Nakasatsunai Museum (in Nakasatsunai-mura).

Make your Shimukappu-mura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Sapporo to Shimukappu-mura by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Shimukappu-mura, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -7°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Beijing.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yubari, Biratori-cho, Otofuke-cho, Kamishihoro-cho, Obihiro
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido ©
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido
Mina-Mina Beach ©
Mina-Mina Beach
Nibutani Ainu Museum ©
Nibutani Ainu Museum

5
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
You'll explore and learn at The Palace Museum and Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan). There's much more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju).

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Shimukappu-mura to Beijing with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Shimukappu-mura in January, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Miyajima has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Michi-no-Eki Kaminoseki Kaikyo and Kanyoji Temple. Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima History Folk Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Nagisa Aquarium in Suooshima-cho (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyama Shrine, delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, and get outside with Paddle Park.

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

You can fly from Beijing to Hatsukaichi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Hatsukaichi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in February: high temperatures in Hatsukaichi hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirasaki Hachimangu, Michi-no-Eki Kaminoseki Kaikyo, Kanyoji Temple, Nagisa Aquarium
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Miyama Shrine ©
Miyama Shrine

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