24 days in Japan & United States Itinerary

24 days in Japan & United States Itinerary

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24 days in Japan & United States Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  37​h 30​min
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h
Naha, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
Honolulu, United States
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
Santa Monica, United States
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  20​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8
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 Hachiko, Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble, Zojoji Temple, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo Disneyland and IKSPIARI. There's more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo. In December, Tokyo is much colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Hachiko ©
Hachiko

4
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You've added Sunset Beach, Mihama American Village, Manza Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okichan Theater and Nakijin Castle Remains. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Naminoue-gu Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha road trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Naha by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Tokyo, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Naha, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. You'll set off for Honolulu on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Naha

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Itoman, Onna-son, Chatan-cho, Tomigusuku
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Emerald Beach ©
Emerald Beach
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Nakijin Castle Remains ©
Nakijin Castle Remains

7
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Honolulu Cookie Company, Ala Moana Center, Kapiolani Regional Park, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koko Crater Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Kapolei (Stars Above Hawaii & Ko Olina Lagoons). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of USS Arizona Memorial, examine the collection at Bishop Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Honolulu Zoo, and immerse yourself in nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu journey planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Naha to Honolulu in 13 hours. You'll gain 19 hours traveling from Naha to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Naha in December, expect Honolulu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 7th (Sun), you're off toSanta Monica.

Things to do in Honolulu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Oahu, Kapolei
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

1
night
Santa Monica, United States

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Third Street Promenade as well as Palisades Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Monica online visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Santa Monica in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Santa Monica is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in January; daily highs in Santa Monica reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Shopping, #Nightlife, #Parks
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Palisades Park ©
Palisades Park

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