19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osakasayama
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Takayama
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Kita
— 3 nights
5
Kita
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Osakasayama


Learn more about your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool .

Osakasayama to Kanazawa is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Osakasayama in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, & more) and Takasu Snow Park (in Gujo). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, see the interesting displays at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and take some stellar pictures from Shinhotaka Ropeway.

Plan a Takayama trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Takayama are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takasu Snow Park
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, get great views at Nagoya TV Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chikaramachi Catholic Church, and admire all the interesting features of Nagoya Stadium.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya route planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Nabana no Sato, Chubu Park
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in the views from Naniwa Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kita online route planner .

You can drive from Nagoya to Kita in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kita, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through Minami (Namba), don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, admire the striking features of Tsutenkaku, then make a trip to Shinsekai, and finally don't miss a visit to HEP FIVE観覧車.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kita day trip planner .

Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas
Shinsekai ©
Shinsekai

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto route builder .

You can drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Arisuzan Sikouin Kiyomizu Temple
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

Similar Plans

23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 21 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo BY A USER FROM SPAIN September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Japan BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 18 days in Japan & Valletta BY A USER FROM MALTA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Osaka BY A USER FROM PERU December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans