12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Nagoya
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hakusan
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Nagoya
— 2 nights
End: Nagoya

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atsuta Jingu Shrine as well as Chubu International Airport Centrair Information Center. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get answers to all your questions at Chubu International Airport Centrair Information Center and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

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

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Chubu Centrair International Airport, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and Osaka International Airport. November in Nagoya sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chubu International Airport Centrair Information Center
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Shirakawago to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Shirakawago, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally take a stroll through Ogimachi.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura journey builder.

You can drive from Nagoya to Shirakawa-mura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakusan.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Wada House ©
Wada House
Ogimachi ©
Ogimachi

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hours
Hakusan

Hakusan ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ubagataki Falls as well as Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get outside with Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road and then admire the sheer force of Ubagataki Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hakusan itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Hakusan takes 1.5 hours. November in Hakusan sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakusan

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road ©
Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kenrokuen Garden as well as Omicho Market.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip site.

Kanazawa is just a stone's throw from Hakusan. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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nights
Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi ©
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Kurobe Dam has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Kurobedaira Park, then explore the activities along Kurobe Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls. On your second day here, see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tateyama-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Tateyama-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Kanazawa in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tateyama-machi: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount. Tsurugi
Highlights from your plan
Shomyo Falls ©
Shomyo Falls
Mount. Tsurugi ©
Mount. Tsurugi
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kamikochi Visitor Center.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tateyama-machi to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.
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Kamikochi Visitor Center ©
Kamikochi Visitor Center

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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.
Jinya-Mae Morning Market has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harada Sake Brewery, and then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nagoya Castle, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Nabana no Sato. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sakae and JR Central Towers. See even more of Nagoya: make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagoya road trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato
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Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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