15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly + train:  12​h 45​min
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
8
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then stroll around Chubu Park. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally let little ones run wild at Todagawa Kodomo Land.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya vacation planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Nagoya is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from George Town in November, things will get colder in Nagoya: highs are around 16°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Chubu Park
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art 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 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then make a trip to Hida Takayama Retro Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally stop by Curnontue.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan

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.
On the 13th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): browse the collection at Kanazawa Umimirai Library, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

1
night
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 15th (Fri), make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and finally gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kanazawa in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): let the kids burn off some steam at Onshirin Garden, get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen).

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujiyoshida vacation builder tool .

Getting from Matsumoto to Fujiyoshida by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fujiyoshida, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen) ©
Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen)

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Traveling by bus from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 20th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Kamakura Zushi Highland Cherry Blossom Trees.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura tour itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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