18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Grande Prairie
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kobe
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Kurobe
— 1 night
train:  30 min
8
Toyama
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Grande Prairie

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotombori, Kuromon Market and Shinsekai. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Kuromon Market and then visit Dotombori.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka route planner.

Grande Prairie, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 23- hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Grande Prairie in October, expect Osaka to be much warmer, temps between 26°C and 17°C. You will leave for Kobe on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

1
day
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kitano-cho, Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, wander the streets of Kitano-cho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then walk around Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
You've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. On the 28th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online itinerary builder.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Kobe in October, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip maker app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in October, with lows around 17°C. On the 30th (Wed), you're off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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 30th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Omicho Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Kurobe.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

1
night
Kurobe

Kurobe
You've now added Sarutobi Gorge to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Sarutobi Gorge.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kurobe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kurobe takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Toyama.

Things to do in Kurobe

Nature Parks
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3
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, Sanmachi Suji, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Toyama Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Toyama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kurobe to Toyama takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Takaoka
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Toyama Castle ©
Toyama Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes teamLab☆Planets, teamLab Borderless, JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Asakusa. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel route planning website.

Traveling by train from Toyama to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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