19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 1 day
2
Takayama
— 5 nights
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Osaka
— 1 night
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights

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.
On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, thenstroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online driving holiday planner.

Osakasayama to Kanazawa is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Osakasayama in December since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more) and Takasu Snow Park (in Gujo). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takayama road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Takayama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takasu Snow Park
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chikaramachi Catholic Church, and explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagoya road trip planning site.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Nagoya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Nabana no Sato, Chubu Park, Inuyama Castle
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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nights
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, laugh and play at SpaWorld, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

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You can take a train from Nagoya to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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night
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 23rd (Sun), wander the streets of Minami (Namba), don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, thenmake a trip to Shinsekai, and finally make a trip to Hep Five Ferris Wheel.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online driving holiday planner.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Tsutenkaku ©
Tsutenkaku
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Arisuzan Sikouin Kiyomizu Temple about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Arisuzan Sikouin Kiyomizu Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama