11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do your shopping at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture. Natadera Temple and Kanazawa Phonograph Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Shirayama Hime Shrine (in Hakusan) and Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, steep yourself in history at Nagamachi Neighborhood, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip app .

Singapore, Singapore to Kanazawa is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakui, Maruoka Castle, Shirayama Hime Shrine, Kakusenkei Gorge, Natadera Temple
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Shirayama Hime Shrine

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Wada House, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, then take a stroll through Gokayama, then make a trip to Ainokura Gassho Community, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Akiba Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanto
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Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), steep yourself in history at Yoshijima Heritage House, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum. On your second day here, test the waters at a local thermal spa, admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama holiday planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakabe Dozogai
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Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sakae and Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sarutahiko Shrine and Nagoya Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Ise (Ise Grand Shrine & Tsukiyominomiya). There's much more to do: get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, look for all kinds of wild species at Yamazaki River, and buy something for everyone on your list at Oasis 21.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner .

Drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toyota Automobile Museum
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine

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