19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Mino
— 1 day
Drive
6
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Bologna

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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Have a day of magic on the 24th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner.

Bologna, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bologna in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa

— 2 nights
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 25th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Myotokuji Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa online vacation planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Shirakawa in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Shirakawa at 13°C and lows at 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites · Parks

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, buy something for everyone on your list at Forus Kanazawa, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Kanazawa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Shirakawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

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 30th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sukyo Mahikari.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Mino.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mino

— 1 day
Mino is a city located in the Gifu Prefecture of central Japan, founded on April 1, 1954.As of July 2011, the city has an estimated population of 22,447 and a population density of 190 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then explore the world behind art at Mino Washi Akari Art Hall, then steep yourself in history at Mino History Museum Former Imai Family Residence, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Udatsu no Agaru Street.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mino tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Takayama to Mino in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Mino

Historic Sites · Baths · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Kuwana (Nabana no Sato & Nagashima Spa Land) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

Plan my day in Nagoya using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Mino to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nagoya are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yokohama travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Yokohama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in December: highs in Yokohama hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 6°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip