16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Nagoya
Train:  30 min
1
Gifu
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Fukui
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hakusan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Toyama
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Shirakawa-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
End: Kyoto

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Gifu

Gifu ©
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
On the 15th (Sun), let little ones run wild at Nagara Park, then stroll around Gifu Park, then step into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Oda Nobunaga.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gifu trip builder app .

Nagoya to Gifu is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive. In November, daytime highs in Gifu are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fukui.

Things to do in Gifu

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Gifu Park ©
Gifu Park
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Nagara Park ©
Nagara Park

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Fukui

Fukui ©
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. On the 16th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, admire the natural beauty at Yokokan Garden, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Station at Fukui Station, then pause for some photo ops at Fukui Castle Kyohi Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Fukui Castle Ruins.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fukui trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Gifu to Fukui takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Hakusan.

Things to do in Fukui

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin ©
Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Yokokan Garden
Yokokan Garden

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night
Hakusan

Hakusan ©
Hakusan is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Hakusan was established on February 1, 2005, from the merger of the city of Mattō, and the towns of Mikawa and Tsurugi, and the villages Kawachi, Oguchi, Shiramine, Torigoe and Yoshinodani (all from Ishikawa District).As of April 1, 2008 population data, the city has an estimated population of 110,654 and a population density of 147 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sairin-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakusan, then cruise along Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, then stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakusan sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Fukui to Hakusan takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Toyama.

Things to do in Hakusan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Mount Hakusan ©
Mount Hakusan
Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Shirayama Hime Shrine
Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road ©
Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

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Toyama

Toyama
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
On the 18th (Wed), make a trip to Toyama City Office View Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyama trip planner .

Getting from Hakusan to Toyama by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Toyama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step out of Kanazawa with an excursion to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip builder tool .

Kanazawa is just a short distance from Toyama. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get all the information you need at Takayama City Hall, then make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, look for gifts at Takayama Usagiya, then contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and finally take in the views from Kappa Bashi.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read our Takayama route planner .

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Matsumoto
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shirakawa-mura: Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community, Gokayama, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, contemplate the long history of Wada House, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and make a trip to Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura road trip app .

Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Nagoya are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone Castle
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho