7 days in Kanazawa, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

7 days in Kanazawa, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

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7 days in Kanazawa, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Kanazawa
— 1 day
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
End: Osaka

1
day
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 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, contemplate the long history of Wada House, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then contemplate the long history of Shirakawago, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kanazawa is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kanazawa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Kanazawa: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Suganuma Gassho Community
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Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

1
night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hida Bussankan, Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, and other attractions.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Takayama road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Takayama sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Kokubun-ji Temple ©
Hida Kokubun-ji Temple

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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've now added Fushimi Inari I-Station to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Kurama and Shimogamo Jinja. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo-jo Castle and Kamogawa River.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary app .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Takayama, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

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