15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Tateyama-machi
— 1 night
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
5
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
6
Kawaguchi
— 1 night
7
Ito
— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Arimatsu Dashi hall, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Arimatsu no Machinami, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Sakae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Shrine, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Beer Nagoya Brewery, and finally examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary planning app.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Nagoya is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Chiang Mai in April; daily highs in Nagoya reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Sakae
Sakae

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, thenstop by Higashichaya Old Town, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, visit Gokayama, thencontemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa visit planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Natadera Temple, Toyama Glass Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
night
Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi ©
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): hike along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., examine the collection at Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tateyama-machi route website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Tateyama-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Tateyama-machi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum ©
Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum
Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden ©
Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden

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.
On the 17th (Fri), get advice or help at Takayama City Hall, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), thensee the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, thenexamine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, thenlearn something new at Daiou-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Takayama trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tateyama-machi to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
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 19th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, thenexamine the collection at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and finally make a trip to Fukashi Shrine. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Bandokoro Otaki Falls and then head outdoors with Karasawa Carl.

Plan a Matsumoto trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum ©
Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum

1
night
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saifuku-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuzoin Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kawaguchi online vacation builder.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kawaguchi in 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kawaguchi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Ito.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple
Saifuku-ji Temple ©
Saifuku-ji Temple
Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia ©
Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia

3
nights
Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Izu Teddy Bear Museum, steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ito visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kawaguchi to Ito takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ito when traveling from Kawaguchi in April, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ito

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Kiunkaku, Gempeigawa River, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River

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