12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Train:  11​h 15​min
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gujo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hida
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Gero
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Tokoname
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shirotori Garden, and finally let little ones run wild at Todagawa Kodomo Land.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip itinerary website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagoya is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Nagoya: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Gujo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Shirotori Garden ©
Shirotori Garden
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

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Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hit the slopes at Takasu Snow Park, then hit the slopes at Dynaland, and then explore the world behind art at Koko no mori Museum Yudokan.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gujo attractions planner.

Drive from Nagoya to Gujo in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Gujo can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Gujo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Takasu Snow Park ©
Takasu Snow Park
Dynaland ©
Dynaland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): wander the streets of Ogimachi and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura vacation maker app .

You can drive from Gujo to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Ogimachi ©
Ogimachi

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nights
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 26th (Thu): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa holiday app .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hida.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, Zuiryuji Temple, Natadera Temple, Shirayama Hime Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple

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hours
Hida

Hida
To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hida driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Hida by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Hida, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. You'll set off for Takayama on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Hida

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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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 29th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Sugorokudake and then have fun and explore at Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama online sightseeing planner .

Takayama is very close to Hida. December in Takayama sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gero.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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Gero

Gero
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. On the 30th (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Gandate Canyon.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gero day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Gero takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gero

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then walk around Higashiyama Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya holiday planner .

Drive from Gero to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokoname.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Saimyo-ji Temple, Gozaisho-dake, 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum
Gozaisho-dake ©
Gozaisho-dake

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night
Tokoname

Tokoname ©
Tokoname is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.In May 2015 the city had an estimated population of 57.024 and a population density of 1020 persons per km². On the 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Climbing Kiln, take in the pleasant sights at Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, let little ones run wild at Flight of Dreams Flight Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Centrair Sky Deck, and finally take a stroll through Tokoname.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokoname planner .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Tokoname takes an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Tokoname can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokoname

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Flight of Dreams Flight Park ©
Flight of Dreams Flight Park
Centrair Sky Deck ©
Centrair Sky Deck
Tokoname ©
Tokoname

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