16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Nagoya
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Kumano
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Nagoya
— 2 nights
End: Nagoya

1
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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.
Atsuta Jingu Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya journey planner.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Chubu Centrair International Airport, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and Osaka International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

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

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Ginza Itoya Hontren, Edo-Tokyo Museum, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toNagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya online visit planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ise Grand Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Philosopher's Walk, Ginkakuji Temple and Ryoanji Temple. On the 30th (Mon), go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary builder site .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya
For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). You'll set off for Koya-cho on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joju-in Temple, then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamaki Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Koya-cho trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Koya-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kumano.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tamaki Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Tamaki Shrine ©
Tamaki Shrine
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

1
night
Kumano

Kumano
On the 2nd (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kiwacho Mine Museum, contemplate the long history of Ruins of Akagi Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ubuta Shrine, then head outdoors with Shichiri Mihama Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Shishiiwa, and finally go for a walk through Matsumoto Toge.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumano online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Koya-cho to Kumano by car takes about 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kashihara Jingu, 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, Shichiri Mihama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kashihara Jingu
Kashihara Jingu
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail ©
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
Ubuta Shrine ©
Ubuta Shrine

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nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Meijimura Minister of Education Official Residence, and then get to know the fascinating history of Inuyama Jokamachi.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kumano to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kumano in January, expect Nagoya to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 1°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inuyama
Highlights from your plan
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum
Inuyama Jokamachi ©
Inuyama Jokamachi

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