8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tateyama-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Toyama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Nagoya
— 1 night
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya tour itinerary planning site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Nagoya is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Bangkok in October, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Make your Tateyama-machi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Nagoya to Tateyama-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nagoya in October, Tateyama-machi is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks Nature Museums
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1
night
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Toyama Castle, explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Traditional Townscape of Iwase, then walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and finally make a trip to Toyama City Office View Tower. On your second day here, make a trip to Zuiryuji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha, then step aboard Sailboat Kaiwomaru, and finally admire the striking features of Tajiri Sake.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Toyama trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tateyama-machi to Toyama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takaoka, Sailboat Kaiwomaru
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Toyama Castle ©
Toyama Castle
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa driving holiday planner .

Kanazawa is just a short distance from Toyama. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya
To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya online holiday planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 9th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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