14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
4
Nagano
— 1 night
Train
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
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Kyoto

— 4 nights
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 Miho Museum, Flea Market Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Pontocho District. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. Kennin-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Okochi Sanso Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Imperial Villa, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kyoto Aquarium, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto online journey builder.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Kyoto reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takayama Showa Museum and Nagase house. Hikaru Museum and Myozenji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall (in Shirakawa-mura) and Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! (in Hida). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Hida Bussankan, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sukyo Mahikari.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for little chillier days in Takayama, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've now added Omicho Market to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, steep yourself in history at Shima, then make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the masterpieces at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, then examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Snow Monkey Resorts. On the 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Junenji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiko-ji Temple, then gain insight with Snow Monkey Resorts, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Senjogadake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagano road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon) as well as Tokyo City Flea Market Oi Keibajo. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): wander the streets of Ueno District, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, then make a trip to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

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

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.