19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10​h
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Fukui
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Toyama
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Hokuto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Ito
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  12​h
End: Singapore

1
night
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 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle Hommarugoten, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of Sakae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, then meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya vacation maker app .

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Nagoya due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Singapore, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 21st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, contemplate the long history of Nagase house, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip maker .

Getting from Nagoya to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in May since evenings lows in Shirakawa-mura dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Fukui.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

1
night
Fukui

Fukui ©
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Fukui City Museum of Natural History, get engrossed in the history at Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Suwa Yakata Remains Garden, and finally browse the different shops at Happiring.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fukui road trip app .

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Fukui in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Fukui can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fukui

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fukui City Museum of Natural History ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then stop by MIKOTO Tea House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gongenmori Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip maker tool .

You can drive from Fukui to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery, then explore the world behind art at Mori Shusui Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Hokugin Galerie Millet.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Toyama journey maker tool .

Toyama is very close to Kanazawa. In May, daytime highs in Toyama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Mori Shusui Museum of Art ©
Mori Shusui Museum of Art
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, browse the fresh offerings at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, then browse the exhibits of Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takayama online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Toyama to Takayama by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, and finally take a stroll through Nakamachi Street. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then look for gifts at Hanakomichi, and finally examine the collection at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto vacation planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

1
night
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 30th (Thu), play a few rounds at Seizan Golf Course, then stop by Chikufudo Karuizawa Ekimae, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Karuizawa-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hokuto.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Seizan Golf Course ©
Seizan Golf Course

1
night
Hokuto

Hokuto ©
The small city of Hokuto sits amid some big scenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Nirasaki Omura Art Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Suntory Distillery・Suntory Hakushu Distillery, then stop by Mudani, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen.

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Getting from Karuizawa-machi to Hokuto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Hokuto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hokuto

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nirasaki Omura Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Suntory Hakushu Distillery ©
Suntory Hakushu Distillery

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Momiji Tunnel, then admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then look for gifts at Kurambon Wine, and finally learn about winemaking at Asaya Winery.

Plan a Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hokuto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Hokuto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Ito.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Koshu, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahama Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Okuiro Beach and then take in the waterfront activity at Iritahama Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ito travel route app .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Ito in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, you will find days in Ito are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ito

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shimoda, Okuiro Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Ikeda museum of 20th century art ©
Ikeda museum of 20th century art
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach

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