7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 1 night
2
Toyama
— 1 night
3
Nagano
— 3 nights
4
Niigata
— 1 night

1
night
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 (Sun): explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Shima, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip app.

Tokyo to Kanazawa is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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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 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, explore the world behind art at Mori Shusui Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Hokugin Galerie Millet, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Mantennoyu, Toyama.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Toyama sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Toyama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mori Shusui Museum of Art ©
Mori Shusui Museum of Art
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Takayama-mura (Kaminaridaki Falls & Thermal Spas), Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino) and Matsumoto (Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), Matsumoto Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nagano road trip planner.

You can take a train from Toyama to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Nagano sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Takayama-mura, Mt. Nagamine, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): meet the residents at Marinepia Nihonkai, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Niigata Church, then head outdoors with Nishikaigan Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Niigata trip maker website.

Getting from Nagano to Niigata by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai
Hakusan Shrine ©
Hakusan Shrine

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