15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Train:  11 h 15 min
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Gujo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Toyama
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Gero
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
9
Tokoname
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Todagawa Kodomo Land, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then stroll around Higashiyama Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online vacation planner.

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, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Nagoya reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gujo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya TV Tower ©
Nagoya TV Tower

2
nights
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
On the 26th (Thu), hit the slopes at Dynaland, fly down the slopes at Takasu Snow Park, then hit the slopes at Winghills Shirotori Resort, and finally explore the world behind art at Koko no mori Museum Yudokan.

Before you visit Gujo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Gujo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Takasu Snow Park ©
Takasu Snow Park
Dynaland ©
Dynaland

1
day
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.
On the 27th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura tour website.

You can drive from Gujo to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning app.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirayama Hime Shrine
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Kanazawa Noh Museum ©
Kanazawa Noh Museum

3
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oyama Shrine and Murododaira. Step out of Toyama to go to Imizu and see Shinminato Ohashi Bridge, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, take in the awesome beauty at Mount. Tsurugi, stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Toyama online trip maker.

Toyama is just a stone's throw from Kanazawa. In December, daytime highs in Toyama are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Shinminato Ohashi Bridge, Mount. Tsurugi
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Mount. Tsurugi ©
Mount. Tsurugi
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Shinminato Ohashi Bridge ©
Shinminato Ohashi Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sugorokudake and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takayama attractions planning tool.

Traveling by train from Toyama to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gero.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Gero

Gero ©
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. On the 2nd (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Gandate Canyon and then make a trip to Onsenji Temple.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gero trip builder.

Drive from Takayama to Gero in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gero

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, take in nature's colorful creations at Shirotori Garden, then don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gero to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokoname.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank ©
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Shirotori Garden ©
Shirotori Garden
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Tokoname

Tokoname ©
Tokoname is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.In May 2015 the city had an estimated population of 57.024 and a population density of 1020 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kaisendonya Shipping Agency Takita Family Residence, contemplate the long history of Climbing Kiln, then go for a walk through Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Tokoname. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Tokoname, take in panoramic vistas at Centrair Sky Deck, then catch some excitement at Flight of Dreams Flight Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jozanen.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokoname trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Tokoname in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokoname

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Jozanen
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Flight of Dreams Flight Park ©
Flight of Dreams Flight Park
Centrair Sky Deck ©
Centrair Sky Deck
Aeon Mall Tokoname ©
Aeon Mall Tokoname

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