24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Narita
1
Narita
— 14 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Nagano
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  4​h
End: Narita

14
nights
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Novaland Tours has been added to your itinerary. Explore Narita's surroundings by going to Hitachinaka (Hitachi Seaside Park & Nakaminato Fish Market), Chiba (Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, AEON MALL Makuhari Shintoshin, & more) and Mito (Yakuo-in, Kodokan Park, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Narita International Airport Terminal 1, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Watpaknam Nihon Betsuin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Narita vacation builder .

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major airports are Narita International Airport, Tokyo Haneda International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Narita can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Mito, Tsukuba, Chiba, Katori, Hitachinaka
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes On The Rocks Bar Crawl as well as Street Kart Akihabara #1. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): squeeze the most out of the city with Street Kart Akihabara #1, grab your flashlight and head to On The Rocks Bar Crawl, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Narita to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Narita in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 1°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Snow Monkey Resorts has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, take in the natural beauty of Yubatake, make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and take in the history at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Nagano is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Daio Wasabi Farm, Yubatake, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

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.
You've now added Kenrokuen Garden to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then walk around Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder app .

Getting from Nagano to Kanazawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagano in January; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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