15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Chiang Mai
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Gero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Nanto
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Chiang Mai

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): visit Ueno and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip site.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Tokyo is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chiang Mai to Tokyo is 2 hours. In April, Tokyo is much colder than Chiang Mai - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ueno ©
Ueno

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine and then browse the exhibits of Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ashiwada, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, walk around Oishi Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, then sample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery, and finally see the interesting displays at Kunimasu Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gero.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
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Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Saiko Lake ©
Saiko Lake
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

1
night
Gero

Gero ©
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Koko no mori Museum Yudokan and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gero route maker website.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Gero in 4 hours. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Gero, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Gero

Museums Spas Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gujo
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Gero Onsen Gassho Village ©
Gero Onsen Gassho Village
Gerohatsu Onsen Museum ©
Gerohatsu Onsen Museum
Togakushi Shrine ©
Togakushi Shrine

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 18th (Sat), get outside with Shinetsu Trail, then fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and finally stop by Nozawa Onsen Early Morning Market (Asaichi).

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nozawaonsen-mura trip app.

Drive from Gero to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Gero in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°C in Nozawaonsen-mura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Shinetsu Trail
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Early Morning Market (Asaichi) ©
Nozawa Onsen Early Morning Market (Asaichi)

1
night
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 19th (Sun), wander the streets of Hakuba, head outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, then take in the views from Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura attractions website.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. In April in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nanto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

1
night
Nanto

Nanto ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Iwase Family, take a stroll through Gokayama, then make a trip to Ainokura Gassho Community, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Angoji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nanto trip planner.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Nanto by car takes about 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Nanto are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then take a stroll through Ogimachi.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura trip maker.

Getting from Nanto to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Ogimachi ©
Ogimachi
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Takayama Showa Museum and Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan). Museum-lovers will get to explore Hikaru Museum and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato). When in Takayama, make a side trip to see Karasawa Carl in Matsumoto, approximately Matsumoto away. The adventure continues: visit Sanmachi Suji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, and look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama itinerary planning website.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Karasawa Carl, Hotaka Mountain Range
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Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nagoya, with lows of 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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