51 days in French Polynesia, Japan & United States Itinerary

51 days in French Polynesia, Japan & United States Itinerary

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51 days in French Polynesia, Japan & United States Itinerary

Start: Geneva, Switzerland
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
4
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
6
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
7
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
8
Huahine, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h
9
Raiatea, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + ferry:  2​h 15​min
10
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  3​h
11
Avatoru, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
13
Honolulu, United States
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h
14
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Geneva, Switzerland

5
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.
You've added Cat Cafe MOCHA, Harajuku, Omotesando, Ginza, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, walk around Ueno Park, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip site .

Geneva, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Geneva to Tokyo. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Geneva - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Cat Cafe MOCHA, Harajuku ©
Cat Cafe MOCHA, Harajuku
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Higashichaya Old Town, Nagamachi Neighborhood, Nomura Family Samurai House, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally make a trip to Kazuemachi Tea House Street. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online vacation builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Osaka Castle) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Hakone Yuryo has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Hakone Yuryo.

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

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, Hakone-machi is a bit cooler than Kyoto - with highs of 28°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Spas Parks
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Hakone Yuryo ©
Hakone Yuryo
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

1
day
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo planning website .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. You will leave for Papeete on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Papeete trip planning app .

Fly from Tokyo to Papeete in 14 hours. Traveling from Tokyo to Papeete, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll set off for Moorea on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Papeete

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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3
nights
Moorea, French Polynesia

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Lookout, then stop by Pearl Romance, then take a stroll through Route des Ananas, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Moorea travel planner.

Drive from Papeete to Moorea in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Huahine.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Shark Diving
Magic Mountain ©
Magic Mountain
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Huahine, French Polynesia

Huahine ©
Huahine is known for adventure, wildlife, museums, shopping, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mont Taitaa, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie Huahine Passion, get outside with Huahine-kitetrip, and make a trip to Fare, in Huahine, FP.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Huahine trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moorea to Huahine in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Raiatea.

Things to do in Huahine

Parks Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries
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Mont Taitaa ©
Mont Taitaa
Huahine-kitetrip ©
Huahine-kitetrip
Three Bays Pass ©
Three Bays Pass

5
nights
Raiatea, French Polynesia

Raiatea ©
Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
Raiatea is known for historic sites, wildlife, adventure, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Marae Taputapuātea, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Coperto di Uturoa, head outdoors with Mount Tapioi, and choose your vessel at Sunsail.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Raiatea trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Huahine to Raiatea takes an hour. You'll set off for Bora Bora on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Raiatea

Outdoors Nature Transportation
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Mount Tapioi ©
Mount Tapioi
Motu Iriru ©
Motu Iriru
Marae Taputapuātea ©
Marae Taputapuātea

2
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Leopard Rays Trench. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora and then stroll through Matira Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bora Bora trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and ferry from Raiatea to Bora Bora in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora ©
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora

4
nights
Avatoru, French Polynesia

The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
You've now added Rangiroa Plongee to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu.

To find out how to plan a trip to Avatoru, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Avatoru takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Avatoru

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rangiroa Plongee
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Swim with Dolphins
Rangiroa Plongee ©
Rangiroa Plongee
Le Lagon Bleu ©
Le Lagon Bleu

3
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
Venture out of the city with trips to The Water Gardens of Vaipahi (in Taravao) and Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue). See even more of Papeete: take in the dramatic scenery at Fautaua, enjoy the sand and surf at Punaauia Beach, stop by Viamiti Perles, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Papeete trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Avatoru to Papeete takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahiti, Punaauia Beach, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Faarumai Waterfalls
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Point Venus ©
Point Venus
Faarumai Waterfalls ©
Faarumai Waterfalls
Fautaua ©
Fautaua

7
nights
Honolulu, United States

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, kick back and relax at Turtle Bay Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Papeete to Honolulu in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Halona Blowhole, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Turtle Bay Beach
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Photography Tours
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

4
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip app .

Getting from Honolulu to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 14 hours. Other options: fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Honolulu to New York City. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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