15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Takayama
— 2 nights
2
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
3
Nikko
— 2 nights
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: stop by Sanmachi Suji, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary planning website.

Lafayette, USA to Takayama is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lafayette to Takayama, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lafayette in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Takayama, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Miso Sembei Hompo Inohiro Seikaho
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Kamakura (Kamakura Museum of History and Culture & Kōtoku-in) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Yagizaki Park, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Kamakura, Enoshima Island
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Jakko Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate). On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and subway; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, thenexamine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, thendon't miss a visit to Nagoya Urban Institute, and finally walk around Chubu Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya road trip tool.

Getting from Nikko to Nagoya by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Nagoya are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chubu Park
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, don't miss a visit to Karasaki Pine Tree, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, thensee the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, thendon't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planning app.

Getting from Nagoya to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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