16 days in East Asia Itinerary

16 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Keisei-Ueno, Foot to Ueno, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kurashiki
— 3 nights
Train to Uno, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to Takamatsu Airport, Fly to Akita Airport, Drive to Oga
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Oga
— 1 night
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

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Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Natadera Temple. You'll explore and learn at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Dolls Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Nanto (Gokayama, Suganuma Gassho Community, &more) and Jakko-In Zen Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine and wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa vacation planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 14th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Junenji, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagano trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, visit Nawate Shopping District, explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, then examine the collection at Japan Radio Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Nagano to Matsumoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama

— 2 nights
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 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takayama online journey planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Kurashiki

— 3 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kotohira-gu and Bitchu Matsuyama Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tomo no Ura and Zentsu-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi), Kagawa Gokoku Shrine (in Zentsuji) and Takatoro (in Kotohira-cho). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Io-ji Temple, and take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kurashiki online tour planner.

You can take a train from Takayama to Kurashiki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kurashiki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

— 1 night
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 22nd (Thu), examine the collection at 007 Museum, explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Kurashiki to Naoshima-cho takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Oga.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums

Oga

— 1 night
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao, then see the interesting displays at Namahage Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Oga holiday builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Naoshima-cho to Oga. Traveling from Naoshima-cho in September, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Oga. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Oga

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Hiraizumi-cho

— 1 night
On the 24th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Oga to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3 hours. September in Hiraizumi-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.