17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
3
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 6 nights

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, make a trip to University of Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, thentake a stroll through Ueno District, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Hozomon, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip website.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibuyu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Misuma Pond, thentake a memorable drive along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, and then head outdoors with Shiga Kogen.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Shibuyu Shrine ©
Shibuyu Shrine

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakasendo Magome-juku. On the 12th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Masugata Waterwheel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Magome-juku, thenget engrossed in the history at Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan, thenexamine the collection at Stone Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokeizan Eihoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Stone Pavement In Ochiai, get engrossed in the history at Toson Memorial Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Eishoji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Fukutoku Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Naegi Castle Ruins.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nakatsugawa vacation maker site.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Nakatsugawa by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nakatsugawa, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

Kokeizan Eihoji Temple
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine ©
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

3
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 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, thensteep yourself in history at Kanda house, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally pick up some new knowledge with Daiou-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

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You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. October in Takayama sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Shirakawa-mura
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Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get in touch with nature at Shinyamabiko Bridge and Shomyo Falls. Get some cultural insight at Natadera Temple and Nomura Family Samurai House. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Ainokura Gassho Community, &more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Bijodaira (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, Tateyama-machi, Maruoka Castle, Natadera Temple, Shinyamabiko Bridge
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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