Route & dates
Fly to Nagoya, Drive to Ise
Ise— 1 day
Kanazawa— 2 nights
Matsumoto— 1 night
Nagoya— 1 night
Mon, Dec 7 - Sat, Dec 12
Learn more about your trip
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.On the 8th (Tue), make a trip to Okage Yokocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, and finally examine the collection at Okageza.
For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ise trip maker.
Jakarta, Indonesia to Ise is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Ise is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in December, things will get colder in Ise: highs are around 11°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
Things to do in Ise
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
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 9th (Wed): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, and finally take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood.
To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour planner.
Getting from Ise to Kanazawa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Kanazawa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.
Things to do in Kanazawa
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.
For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto online trip itinerary planner.
Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in December: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagoya.
Things to do in Matsumoto
Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planner.
Take a train from Matsumoto to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Nagoya. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
Things to do in Nagoya
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
39 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL April, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 11 days in Chubu BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Chubu BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 56 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 60 days in Japan BY A USER FROM FRANCE September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 2 days in Chubu BY A USER FROM INDONESIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Chubu BY A USER FROM THAILAND January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium