28 days in Japan, Houston & Austin Itinerary

28 days in Japan, Houston & Austin Itinerary

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28 days in Japan, Houston & Austin Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
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Houston, United States
— 2 nights
2
Austin, United States
— 2 nights
3
Houston, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h
4
Fukuoka, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
5
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 day
train:  2​h
6
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
8
Osaka, Japan
— 1 day
train:  30​min
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
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Nagoya, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
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Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
End: Tokyo, Japan

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nights
Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Space Center Houston and Children's Museum of Houston. Take a break from the city and head to Cockrell Butterfly Center and Hermann Park. When in Houston, make a side trip to see Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Before you visit Houston, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport and William P Hobby Airport. July in Houston sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
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Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Children's Museum of Houston ©
Children's Museum of Houston

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Austin, United States

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, take a stroll through South Congress Avenue, then get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, and finally wander the streets of 6th Street. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, then get answers to all your questions at Austin Visitor Center, then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Austin vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Houston to Austin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats ©

1
night
Houston, United States

Houston ©
On the 9th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Rothko Chapel.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Houston holiday planning tool .

Getting from Austin to Houston by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Houston

Historic Sites Museums
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Rothko Chapel ©
Rothko Chapel

5
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Dazaifu Temmangu and Kushida Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and Kyushu Railway History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Tenkai Inari Shrine & Kyushu National Museum), Mojiko Retro (in Kitakyushu) and Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History (in Yahatahigashi). There's lots more to do: stroll through Tsutsukihama Beach, take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, see the interesting displays at Wonder Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Houston to Fukuoka. Traveling from Houston to Fukuoka, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for little chillier days in Fukuoka, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 16th (Tue), you're off toHiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Dazaifu, Onojo Cocoro no Furusatokan City Museum, Wonder Museum, Tsutsukihama Beach
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Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu

1
day
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka
To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 16th (Tue), you're off toHiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

1
day
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.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Wed), shop like a local with Dotonbori, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Muko to see Muko City Cultural Museum about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muko City Cultural Museum
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a stroll through Sakae, wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally make a trip to Inuyama Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nagoya day trip tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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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.
Odaiba and Ginza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Moroiso Shores and Kimono Me will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Koajiro Forest (in Miura), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 25th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Akihabara, and contemplate the long history of Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Miura, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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