15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10​h
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
2
Hamamatsu
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
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.
On the 6th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Avenue Esca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then take a stroll through Sakae, and finally step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nagoya online tour planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Nagoya is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu ©
An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
On the 6th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Gosha Shrine, Suwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Okuni Jinja Shrine, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nakatajima Beach, then explore the world behind art at Ryoun-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Saigagake Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamamatsu visit planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Hamamatsu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nagoya in December, expect Hamamatsu to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Okuni Jinja Shrine
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Nakatajima Beach ©
Nakatajima Beach
Okuni Jinja Shrine ©
Okuni Jinja Shrine
Hamanako Music Box Museum ©
Hamanako Music Box Museum

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kametaya Sake Brewery, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Matsumoto Alps Park. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto day trip planner .

Take a train from Hamamatsu to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Matsumoto is slightly colder than Hamamatsu - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, and then look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sanada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsushiro.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then stop by Amanatto Kawamura, then see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Nakashima Menya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa journey builder site .

Getting from Nagano to Kanazawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nagano in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Natadera Temple
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a stroll through Ogimachi, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Ubagataki Falls, then contemplate the long history of Iwase Family, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sairin-ji Temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Hakusan, Iwase Family
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

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 17th (Tue): stroll through Meiho Ski Resort and then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, then browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama tour planner .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Meiho Ski Resort
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Meiho Ski Resort ©
Meiho Ski Resort
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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