14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 1 night
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
4
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
5
Kanazawa
— 1 night
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Hankyu Umeda Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kyoto National Museum and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Takayama are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel route builder site.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba District and Ginza. Change things up with a short trip to Moroiso Shores in Miura (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and stop by Asakusa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Moroiso Shores
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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