13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Narita
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kurobe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Toyama
— 1 night
train:  30​min
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Fuji
— 2 nights
Fuji

2
days
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 19th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takinoo Shrine, and finally take in the history at Odashirogahara Field. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuzenji, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and then identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nikko road trip tool .

Narita to Nikko is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

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#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Takinoo Shrine ©
Takinoo Shrine
Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine ©
Odashirogahara Field ©
Odashirogahara Field

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Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
On the 21st (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirane, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirane Shrine, and then stop by Michi-no-Eki Kusatsu Undojaya Koen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi day trip planner.

Drive from Nikko to Kusatsu-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Kusatsu-machi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

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Mt. Shirane
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Shirane Shrine ©
Shirane Shrine

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 22nd (Mon), examine the collection at The history Memorial of SHIGA-KOGEN and then get your bearings at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip builder .

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kurobe.

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The history Memorial of SHIGA-KOGEN ©
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop ©

2
days
Kurobe

Kurobe ©
On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanetsuri Hot Spring and then see the interesting displays at YKK Center Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kurobe vacation app .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Kurobe takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kurobe are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Toyama.

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Kanetsuri Hot Spring ©
Kanetsuri Hot Spring
YKK Center Park ©
YKK Center Park

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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 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mt.Kureha Park Observatory.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Toyama holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kurobe to Toyama takes an hour. October in Toyama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyama

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites

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Taiko Land Park
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Toyama Gokoku Shrine ©
Toyama Gokoku Shrine

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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 26th (Fri), see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take some stellar pictures from Kazuemachi Tea House Street, then browse the exhibits of Shima Geisha House, and finally make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa driving holiday website .

Kanazawa is just a short distance from Toyama. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

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Shima ©
Shima
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Ichinose Meadow and then admire the sheer force of Zengoro no Taki. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto online attractions planner .

Drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you will find days in Matsumoto are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fuji.

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Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake

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Fuji

Fuji
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Iwamotoyama Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Waketamaike Spring, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Fuji holiday builder .

Drive from Matsumoto to Fuji in 3 hours. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fuji

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Clematis no Oka
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