14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Train:  11 h 30 min
1
Nagoya
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Gujo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Nanto
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Tokyo
— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then wander the streets of Sakae, then stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagoya day trip planning website .

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 and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Nagoya reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gujo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
On the 28th (Sat), look for gifts at Omamiya, admire the natural beauty at Moss Phlox of Kunita Family, then take in the dramatic scenery at Amidaga Falls, and finally make a trip to Nagataki Hakusan Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gujo trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Gujo takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Gujo can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nanto.

Things to do in Gujo

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Amidaga Falls ©
Amidaga Falls

2
nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, take a stroll through Gokayama, then don't miss a visit to Ainokura Gassho Community, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Nanto trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Gujo to Nanto takes 2 hours. In December in Nanto, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then stop by MIKOTO Tea House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijoji Temple.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planning app .

Drive from Nanto to Kanazawa in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Natadera Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Soyuji Temple, then savor the flavors at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: stop by Curnontue, identify plant and animal life at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daio-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takayama online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Takayama are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Highlights from your plan
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! ©
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
nights
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), hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Hanakomichi, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkyuin Temple.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto day trip planner.

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Matsumoto, with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): wander the streets of Odaiba and then wander the streets of Ginza. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions app .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in January, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza

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