31 days in Kanto, Kansai & Chubu Itinerary

31 days in Kanto, Kansai & Chubu Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Train
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Ise
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazu
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, tour the pleasant surroundings at Meiji Shrine Imperial Garden, walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island and then don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in October, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Izawanomiya, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku.

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You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October: highs in Ise hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Miyazu

— 3 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amanohashidate and Kasamatsu Park. Explore Miyazu's surroundings by going to Kyotango (Tateiwa, Kyotango Municipal Museum of The Ancient City of Tango, &more) and Kosaki Observatory (in Ine-cho). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Amanohashidate View Land, look for gifts at Junsai Surumeya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano-Hashidate-Jinja Shrine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Miyazu Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazu travel route planner.

You can drive from Ise to Miyazu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in October, Miyazu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, cruise along Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, then take a stroll through Gokayama, and finally stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, then examine the collection at Dolls Museum, and finally stop by Amanatto Kawamura.

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Getting from Miyazu to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Tateyama-machi

— 2 nights
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
On the 24th (Sat), head outdoors with Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, then hike along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., and finally make a trip to Lake Chinoike. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Toyama Prefectural Tateyama Museum, admire the sheer force of Shomyo Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mount. Tsurugi, then stroll through Kurobe Dam, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shin Tembo Hiroba Rainbow Terrace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tateyama-machi trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Tateyama-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you will find days in Tateyama-machi are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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 26th (Mon): examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then snap pictures at Nakabashi Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town, and finally get to know the fascinating history of White-Walled Storehouse City and Seto.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama attractions planner.

You can drive from Tateyama-machi to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
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 28th (Wed): explore the activities along Matsumotojo Park, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take some stellar pictures from Takabotchi Highlands, don't miss a visit to Ushibuse River French style Stair Stepped, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Mt. Okuhotaka, take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, get outside with Karasawa Carl, then contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and finally get outside with Konashidaira.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 30th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, take in the dramatic scenery at Kaminaridaki Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Matsukawa Valley, then don't miss a visit to Yugama, and finally don't miss a visit to Japan's Highest National Highway Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

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Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ryuzu Waterfall and Nikko Station. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Italian Embassy House Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Nikko takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagano in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Nikko. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Japan Wonder Travel and Meiji Jingu Gaien. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Mt. Takao in Hachioji, about 52 minutes away. Explore Tokyo further: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, go for a walk through Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Tree-lined Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.

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You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

Chubu travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.