59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16 h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
3
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
train:  10 h
4
Abashiri
— 2 nights
train:  6 h
5
Otaru
— 2 nights
train:  5 h
6
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  2 h
7
Hachinohe
— 1 night
bus:  2 h
8
Towada
— 2 nights
bus:  2 h
9
Hachinohe
— 1 night
train:  3 h
10
Semboku
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
11
Akita
— 2 nights
train:  3 h 30 min
12
Obanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
13
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  30 min
14
Shiroishi
— 2 nights
train:  2 h
15
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
16
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
17
Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4 h
18
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
19
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
20
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
21
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
22
Ise
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
23
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
24
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
25
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
26
Miyazu
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
27
Kobe
— 2 nights
End: Kobe

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Keep things going the next day: get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary builder site.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo is 17 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for slightly colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building ©
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Snow Crystal Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, and then examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Asahikawa day trip website.

Take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Soya Misaki. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Wakkanai Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Wakkanai Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, and finally don't miss a visit to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai online holiday maker.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Wakkanai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Wakkanai are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Abashiri.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wakkanai Park ©
Wakkanai Park
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome ©
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome

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Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mokoto Station Building.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Abashiri road trip website.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Abashiri in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Otaru.

Things to do in Abashiri

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro
Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

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Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji and then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal. On the next day, snap pictures at Asakusa Bridge, then make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, and finally stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Otaru attractions app.

Getting from Abashiri to Otaru by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Hakodate.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate and then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, then contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate road trip planner.

Drive from Otaru to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Hachinohe Yatai Village Mirokuyokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kabushima Shrine, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hachinohe trip simple and quick.

Getting from Hakodate to Hachinohe by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for Towada.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Historic Sites Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Kabushima Shrine ©
Kabushima Shrine

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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Statue of Maidens. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, then contemplate the waterfront views at Itomuka no Irie, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada journey site.

Drive from Hachinohe to Towada in an hour. September in Towada sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

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Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
On the 19th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kabushima Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hachinohe online vacation planner.

Getting from Towada to Hachinohe by car takes about an hour. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Semboku.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kabushima Shrine ©
Kabushima Shrine

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Semboku

Semboku
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the activities along Amida Pond and then wander the streets of Samurai District. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, then take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hachinohe to Semboku in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Hachinohe in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Semboku, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Akita.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

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Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Akita visit planning website.

Getting from Semboku to Akita by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Obanazawa.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Kubota Castle ©
Kubota Castle

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Obanazawa

Obanazawa ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then get great views at Oyasukyo Daifunto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Ginzan Onsen.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Obanazawa trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Akita to Obanazawa in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Obanazawa can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yuzawa
Highlights from your plan
Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen
Oyasukyo Daifunto ©
Oyasukyo Daifunto
Onsen Resorts

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, then take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, then don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sendai route maker.

Traveling by car from Obanazawa to Sendai takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sendai are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Matsushima-machi
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station

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Shiroishi

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): make a trip to Shiroishi Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, and then don't miss a visit to Samurai Housing. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, then take a memorable drive along Zao Echo Line, then take in the dramatic natural features at Okama Crater, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shiroishi trip planner.

You can drive from Sendai to Shiroishi in an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Shiroishi when traveling from Sendai in September, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Zao-machi, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura
Highlights from your plan
Miyagi Zao Fox Village ©
Miyagi Zao Fox Village
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Mt. Katta ©
Mt. Katta

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Jakko Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko day trip website.

Traveling by car from Shiroishi to Nikko takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nikko when traveling from Shiroishi in September, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Chojuten, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then walk around Sainokawara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yubatake.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi travel site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kusatsu-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Kusatsu-machi hover around 65°F and lows are around 54°F. You will leave for Yamanouchi-machi on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Baths
Highlights from your plan
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with Shigakogen Plateau and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of Jigokudani Funsen.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary website.

Drive from Kusatsu-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You will leave for Kanazawa on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Onsen Resorts

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 9th (Fri): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town and then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kanazawa using our trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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 11th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and then stop by Sanmachi Suji.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Takayama travel route planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nagoya tour planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel to Ise.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 15th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Okageza, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ise trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Nagoya to Ise in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 17th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle. On the next day, shop like a local with Dotombori District, then stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka route planner.

You can take a train from Ise to Osaka in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Ise in October, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Todaiji Keidaicho, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and visit Gion.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): try out the rides at Amanohashidate View Land and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kasamatsu Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Miyazu driving holiday site.

Getting from Kyoto to Miyazu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Miyazu are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). You will leave for Kobe on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Amanohashidate View Land ©
Amanohashidate View Land
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Miyazu to Kobe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazu in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in Kobe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji, Otsuka Museum of Art
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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