18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Calgary
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Toyama
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Nagano
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Calgary

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 is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Calgary to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in November, expect Tokyo to be warmer, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and visit Arashiyama.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On your second day here, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, shop like a local with Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Toyama City Office View Tower, step into the grandiose world of Toyama Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, then walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Traditional Townscape of Iwase.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Toyama trip planner.

Toyama is very close to Kanazawa. In November, daytime highs in Toyama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Toyama Castle ©
Toyama Castle
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): wander the streets of Ginza, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Ueno Park, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Toyama to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, witness the site of a historic battle at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, and experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagano vacation planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Nagano at 14°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matsumoto Castle, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Daio Wasabi Farm
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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