17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, make a trip to University of Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then take a stroll through Ueno, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Hozomon, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip website .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You've now added Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Misuma Pond, then cruise along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, and then explore the striking landscape of Shiga Kogen.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Shibuyu Shrine ©
Shibuyu Shrine

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail. On the 12th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Masugata Waterwheel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan, then examine the collection at Stone Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokeizan Eihoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Stone Pavement In Ochiai, get engrossed in the history at Toson Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eishoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Fukutoku Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Naegi Castle Ruins.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nakatsugawa vacation maker site .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Nakatsugawa by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nakatsugawa, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Kokeizan Eihoji Temple
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Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine ©
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

3
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 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally pick up some new knowledge with Daiou-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

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You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Shirakawa-mura
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Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get in touch with nature at Shinyamabiko Bridge and Bijodaira. Get some cultural insight at Natadera Temple and Maruoka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirayama Hime Shrine (in Hakusan), Shomyo Falls (in Tateyama-machi) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Ainokura Gassho Community, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

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Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, Tateyama-machi, Shirayama Hime Shrine, Natadera Temple, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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