13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Gero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

few
hours
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.
For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Vancouver, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, Byodoin, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Nara Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Himeji Castle, Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
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've added Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, Ishikawa Souvenirs and Gifts Shop, Ozaki Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally get answers to all your questions at Ishikawa Souvenirs and Gifts Shop.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in March, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (13°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and then look for gifts at Hida Bussankan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, admire the striking features of Yoshijima Heritage House, steep yourself in history at Kusakabe Folk Museum, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Takayama, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Gero.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Gero

Gero
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gero tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Takayama to Gero by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Takayama in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gero, with lows of 7°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Gero

Parks Outdoors Nature

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yokohama Chinatown as well as Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Gero to Tokyo in 5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Yokohama
Highlights from your plan
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

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