28 days in Brazil & Japan Itinerary

28 days in Brazil & Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Brazil & Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
3
Brasilia, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  30​h
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Gramado is known for parks, nature, museums, theme parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Black Lake, stroll around Caracol State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, and get in on the family fun at Snowland.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gramado travel route planner.

Sao Paulo to Gramado is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Estadual do Caracol
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 1st (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

2
nights
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Itamaraty Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, then look for all kinds of wild species at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco. On the next day, explore the galleries of Memorial JK, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and finally examine the collection at Espaco Lucio Costa.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brasilia day trip site .

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Brasilia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Foz do Iguacu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Brasilia, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves ©
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online road trip planner .

Getting from Brasilia to Kyoto by combination of flight and train takes about 30 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Brasilia to Kyoto, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brasilia in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Sankeien Gardens (in Naka). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, gain a rich perspective with Samurai Armor Photo Studio, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sankeien Gardens, Hase-dera Temple
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Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, hike along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Fernando de Noronha takes 28 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Tokyo to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll through Praia de Grumari, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro vacation planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro. In July, Rio de Janeiro is a bit cooler than Fernando de Noronha - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Ibirapuera Park, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual Arcade VR, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, things will get little chillier in Sao Paulo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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