14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tottori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takahama-cho
— 1 day
Drive
3
Tsuruga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sakai
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niigata
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tottori

— 2 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, enjoy the sand and surf at Hakuto Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakuto Shrine, and finally stroll through Tottori Sand Dunes. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Sand Museum, kick back and relax at Uradome Coast, then examine the collection at Yumechiyokan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Arayu.

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

Sanda to Tottori is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Sanda in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tottori: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Takahama-cho.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takahama-cho

— 1 day
On the 21st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakayamadera Temple, then walk around Shiroyama Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Wakasa Wada Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Takahama-cho online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Takahama-cho takes 3.5 hours. In May in Takahama-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tsuruga.

Things to do in Takahama-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Tsuruga

— 2 nights
Tsuruga is a city in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kehi Shrine, kick back and relax at Tanoura Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kehi no Matsubara, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsubara Shrine. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Chikubushima, go for a walk through Kaizu Osaki, and then take a memorable drive along Metasequoia Namiki.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tsuruga travel planning site.

Getting from Takahama-cho to Tsuruga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sakai.

Things to do in Tsuruga

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Sakai

— 3 nights
Sakai combines a dramatic coastline with pastoral scenes and historic sites.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Tojimbo Cliff, then steep yourself in history at Mikunicho, then examine the collection at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine). On the next day, steep yourself in history at Eiheijiguchi Station Old Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, and then kick back and relax at Echizen Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sakai trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Tsuruga to Sakai takes 1.5 hours. May in Sakai sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sakai

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then stroll through Gongenmori Beach, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sakai to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Hokusai-kan, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally see the interesting displays at Sanada Treasure Museum.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Nagano tour itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Minatopia Niigata City History Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yahiko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yahiko Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of Northern Culture Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fukushima-gata, then see the interesting displays at Niigtata Rice Cracker Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nigata City Manga no Ie.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Niigata tour planner.

You can drive from Nagano to Niigata in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Niigata are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Niigata

Museums · Nature · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

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.

Fukui Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Fukui Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Fukui.PrehistoryThe Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry, on the Sugiyama River within the city limits of Katsuyama, has yielded animals such as the megaraptoran Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis, hadrosauroid Fukuisaurus tetoriensis, coelurosaurian Fukuivenator paradoxus and titanosauriform Fukuititan nipponensis as well as an unnamed dromaeosaurid.HistoryFukui originally consisted of the old provinces of Wakasa and Echizen, before the prefecture was formed in 1871.During the Edo period, the daimyō of the region was surnamed Matsudaira, and was a descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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