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

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  37​h 30​min
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Naha, Japan
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  17​h
Honolulu, United States
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
Santa Monica, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

7
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamogawa SeaWorld and Tokyo City View And Sky Deck. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Lake Yamanaka (in Yamanakako-mura), Oshino Hakkai (in Oshino-mura) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple). There's much more to do: stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, don't miss a visit to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), and admire all the interesting features of Ryōgoku Kokugikan.

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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. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Oshino Hakkai, Kamogawa SeaWorld, IKSPIARI
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Kamogawa SeaWorld ©
Kamogawa SeaWorld
Tokyo City View And Sky Deck ©
Tokyo City View And Sky Deck

3
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Okichan Theater and Nakijin Castle Remains. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Bise Fukugi Tree Road) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Cape Zanpa, Head underground at Valley of Gangala, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Naha in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Naha to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Onna-son, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Cape Zanpa, Nakijin Castle Remains
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Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Nakijin Castle Remains ©
Nakijin Castle Remains
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

7
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koko Crater Trail and Lanikai Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Shark Diving, Waimea Bay, & more), Kapolei (Ko Olina Lagoons & Stars Above Hawaii) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Bishop Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and meet the residents at Honolulu Zoo.

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Explore your travel options from Naha to Honolulu with the Route module. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -19 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Naha in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kapolei, Kailua, Oahu, The Byodo-In Temple
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

1
day
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 Palisades Park, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and then don't miss a visit to Third Street Promenade.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Santa Monica takes 8 hours. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Honolulu in January, things will get little chillier in Santa Monica: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nightlife Shopping
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

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