19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Kurobe
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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 day by day itinerary now includes Yokohama Chinatown as well as Ebisuya Kamakura. Get a sense of the local culture at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Senso-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: visit Asakusa.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. You'll set off for Kurobe on the 10th (Sun).
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Kurobe — 1 night

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kurobe road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kurobe takes 5.5 hours. November in Kurobe sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 11th (Mon).
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Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kurobe to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Takayama.
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Takayama — 2 nights

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.
Takayama Showa Museum and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Takayama Jinya and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Step out of Takayama with an excursion to Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! in Hida--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, stop by Sanmachi Suji, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.
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Nagoya — 1 night

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites
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Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Asahiyakifor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nara National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park), Wakasa History Museum (in Obama) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

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

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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