9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Shirakawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

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night
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.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then walk around Ueno Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then stroll around Tsuruma Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Kanazawa (Kenrokuen Garden & Kanazawa Castle) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and get your bearings at Takayama City Hall.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip maker app .

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, Takayama is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Matsumoto Castle, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, walk around Nanko Park, admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen, then steep yourself in history at Shirakawa no Sekiato, and finally identify plant and animal life at Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen.

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Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa by car takes about 6.5 hours. In April in Shirakawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen
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Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen

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