10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h
1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gero
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like D. T. Suzuki Museum and Kanazawa Phonograph Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Zuiryuji Temple (in Takaoka), Natadera Temple (in Komatsu) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, and take a stroll through Gokayama.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kanazawa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kanazawa is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kanazawa. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Kanazawa to be colder, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Natadera Temple, Zuiryuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally look for gifts at Hida Bussankan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Takayama sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gero.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Hida Furukawa Old Town, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Gero

Gero ©
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Gandate Canyon, then examine the collection at Gero Onsen Gassho Village, and then make a trip to Onsenji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gero trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Takayama to Gero in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Gero can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gero Onsen Gassho Village ©
Gero Onsen Gassho Village
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and finally get in on the family fun at Nagashima Spa Land. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, explore the activities along Yamazaki River, then get to know the resident critters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, and finally examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya planning site .

You can drive from Gero to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nagoya are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Kuwana
Highlights from your plan
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden ©

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