28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagoya
— 3 nights
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
3
Toyama
— 1 night
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
5
Nagano
— 2 nights
6
Tonami
— 2 nights
7
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
8
Kurobe
— 3 nights
9
Tateyama-machi
— 3 nights
10
Matsumoto
— 2 nights

3
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nakasendo Magome-juku. There's more to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagoya online tour planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, Nagoya is slightly colder than Singapore - with highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Nakasendo Magome-juku
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses as well as Sanmachi Suji. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and finally stop by Harada Sake Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), and then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Takayama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Toyama.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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.
Toyama Kitokito Market has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA, hunt for treasures at Toyama Kitokito Market, then see the interesting displays at Rakusuitei Art Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Kitokito Ichiba Toya Marche.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyama online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Toyama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyama

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA ©
THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro as well as Omicho Market. Explore hidden gems such as D. T. Suzuki Museum and Ainokura Gassho Community. Visit Natadera Temple and Shirakawago for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Kanda house (in Shirakawa-mura), Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa driving holiday site.

Traveling by train from Toyama to Kanazawa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Natadera Temple, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Matsumoto Castle and Daio Wasabi Farm. On the 17th (Tue), experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, then contemplate the long history of Matsushiro, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanada House. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, delve into the lush surroundings at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagano by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Tonami.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Daio Wasabi Farm
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

2
nights
Tonami

Tonami ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tonami Tulip Park as well as Tonami Tulip Gallery. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Angoji Temple, then take a stroll through Gokayama, then take a peaceful walk through Ranjo Forest, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tonami Tulip Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tonami road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Tonami takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Tonami

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanto
Highlights from your plan
Tonami Tulip Gallery ©
Tonami Tulip Gallery
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Tonami Tulip Park ©
Tonami Tulip Park

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Shiroyama Observatory has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Iso Beach, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally stop by Yumeria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Sogi Fall, explore the world behind art at Kirishima Open-Art Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tonami to Kagoshima. In September in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kurobe.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Sogi Fall, Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sogi Fall ©
Sogi Fall
Kirishima Open-Art Museum ©
Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

3
nights
Kurobe

Kurobe ©
Kurobe Gorge Railway has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Unazuki Hometown Museum Yukakukan, take in the dramatic natural features at Shinyamabiko Bridge, and then get interesting insight from Kurobe Gorge Railway. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kurobegawa River Electricity Memorial, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanetsuri Hot Spring, and then admire the masterpieces at Selene Museum of Arts.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kurobe trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Kagoshima to Kurobe with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Kurobe are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kurobe

Museums · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
YKK Center Park ©
YKK Center Park
Shinyamabiko Bridge ©
Shinyamabiko Bridge
Kanetsuri Hot Spring ©
Kanetsuri Hot Spring

3
nights
Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi ©
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
You've now added Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum and then see the interesting displays at Toyama Prefectural Tateyama Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Kurobe Dam Rest House, get outside with Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., then cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and finally appreciate the history behind Junshoku Shairei Statue.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tateyama-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Kurobe to Tateyama-machi in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Tateyama-machi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for Matsumoto on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Mount. Tsurugi, Ryusenji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mount. Tsurugi ©
Mount. Tsurugi
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Toyama Prefectural Tateyama Museum ©
Toyama Prefectural Tateyama Museum

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Matsumoto Alps Park. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine and then stroll around Matsumoto Alps Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, stop by Nakamachi Street, get into the urban bustle at Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tateyama-machi to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

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