15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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 (Tue), meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: let little ones run wild at Todagawa Kodomo Land, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then walk around Higashiyama Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya online trip builder .

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. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagoya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gujo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya TV Tower ©
Nagoya TV Tower

2
nights
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Dynaland, then hit the slopes at Takasu Snow Park, then head outdoors with Winghills Shirotori Resort, and finally explore the world behind art at Koko no mori Museum Yudokan.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gujo route maker .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Gujo takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Gujo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Takasu Snow Park ©
Takasu Snow Park
Dynaland ©
Dynaland

1
day
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.
On the 27th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Gujo to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. In December in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirayama Hime Shrine
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Kanazawa Noh Museum ©
Kanazawa Noh Museum

3
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fugan Unga Kansui Park and Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design. Get out of town with these interesting Toyama side-trips: Tateyama-machi (Murododaira & Oyama Shrine) and Shinminato Ohashi Bridge (in Imizu). And it doesn't end there: walk around Matsukawa Park, appreciate the history behind Masatoshi Maeda Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount. Tsurugi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Toyama trip itinerary maker tool .

Toyama is very close to Kanazawa. In December, daytime highs in Toyama are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Shinminato Ohashi Bridge, Mount. Tsurugi
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Mount. Tsurugi ©
Mount. Tsurugi
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sugorokudake and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takayama online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Toyama to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Takayama sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Gero.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Gero

Gero ©
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. On the 2nd (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Gandate Canyon and then make a trip to Onsenji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gero trip builder site .

You can drive from Takayama to Gero in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Gero are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gero

Nature Parks
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Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, admire the natural beauty at Shirotori Garden, then make a trip to Nagoya Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya travel planner.

You can drive from Gero to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Tokoname.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Shirotori Garden ©
Shirotori Garden
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kaisendonya Shipping Agency Takita Family Residence, then steep yourself in history at Climbing Kiln, then go for a walk through Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, and finally browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Tokoname. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Tokoname, enjoy breathtaking views from Centrair Sky Deck, then catch some excitement at Flight of Dreams Flight Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jozanen.

Plan my day in Tokoname using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Nagoya to Tokoname in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Tokoname are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokoname

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Jozanen
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Flight of Dreams Flight Park ©
Flight of Dreams Flight Park
Centrair Sky Deck ©
Centrair Sky Deck
Tokoname ©
Tokoname

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