8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly + Train:  6​h 30​min
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

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.
To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya planner .

Cebu City, Philippines to Nagoya is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cebu City in November, expect Nagoya to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, Kazuemachi Tea House Street, Shima, and other attractions. On the 24th (Sun), browse the different shops at Forus Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, then steep yourself in history at Shima, then make a trip to Kazuemachi Tea House Street, and finally browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, walk around Kanazawa Castle Park, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Site of Takada Family in Kaga-han.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip site .

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kanda house as well as Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum. On the 26th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, and then see the interesting displays at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura day trip site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

1
night
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 Takayama Museum of History and Art as well as Yoshijima Heritage House. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, then get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama day trip planner .

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, Sakae and Nabana no Sato. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): wander the streets of Sakae. On your second day here, revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima and then take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya online attractions planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Kuwana
Highlights from your plan
Sakae
Sakae
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima ©

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