11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Train:  11 h 30 min
1
Nagoya
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Gujo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nanto
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
7
Toyama
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), make a trip to Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagoya is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagoya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, expect Nagoya to be cooler, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 4th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkyuin Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, and finally stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto online tour planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Matsumoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nagoya in January: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine

1
night
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 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, pick up some new knowledge with Daiou-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

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Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Matsumoto in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Takayama, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Gujo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Classes
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Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Soyuji Temple ©
Soyuji Temple

1
night
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hit the slopes at Meiho Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gujo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Takayama to Gujo in 1.5 hours. In January in Gujo, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nanto.

Things to do in Gujo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Meiho Ski Resort ©
Meiho Ski Resort

2
nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanda house. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, then steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally stop by Gokayama.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nanto road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gujo to Nanto in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nanto are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa travel planner.

You can drive from Nanto to Kanazawa in an hour. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Yatsuo no Machinami, then walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Toyama journey planner.

Toyama is just a stone's throw from Kanazawa. In January, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park

2
nights
Tokyo

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.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower and then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker app.

You can take a train from Toyama to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toyama in January, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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