15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Toyama
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planning app .

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. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. Traveling from Calgary in November, things will get much hotter in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the 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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
On the 19th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, take a stroll through 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, Kanazawa. On the next day, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then view the masterpieces at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Toyama City Office View Tower, don't miss a visit to Toyama Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, then stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Traditional Townscape of Iwase.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Toyama online trip itinerary builder .

Toyama is just a short distance from Kanazawa. November in Toyama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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): take a stroll through Akihabara, then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, and finally wander the streets of Ginza. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Ueno Park, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and finally go for a walk through Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website .

You can take a train from Toyama to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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