8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + train:  18​h 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Nagano
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Dallas


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2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Tenshukakau Observatory, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route maker website .

Dallas, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Kanazawa. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in January: highs in Kanazawa hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, fly down the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsushiro.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Nagano trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in January: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 38°F and lows are around 26°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura, Yamanouchi-machi
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

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