16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Toyota
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kurobe
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Kazuno
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
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 Bridge as well as Ghost Ultra Lounge. On the 26th (Mon), snap pictures at Dotombori Bridge and then join in the after-dark buzz at Ghost Ultra Lounge.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Osaka, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Nightlife
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Ghost Ultra Lounge ©
Ghost Ultra Lounge

1
night
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online tour itinerary planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Toyota.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Toyota

Toyota ©
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Korankei Visitor Center. Explore hidden gems such as Oribe Hills and Ayabe Utsuwatei. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naegi Castle Ruins and Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyota: Kokeizan Eihoji Temple (in Tajimi) and Shinshiro (Yuya Hot Spring & Atera Seven Water Falls).

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Toyota trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Toyota takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Toyota are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyota

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nakatsugawa, Shinshiro, Tajimi, Oribe Hills
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Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shirayama Hime Shrine and Motorcar Museum of Japan. Step off the beaten path and head to Amanatto Kawamura and Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel route planner.

You can drive from Toyota to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Traveling from Toyota in October, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 56°F. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Kurobe.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Komatsu, Shirayama Hime Shrine
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Motorcar Museum of Japan ©
Motorcar Museum of Japan
Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Shirayama Hime Shrine

3
nights
Kurobe

Kurobe ©
Escape the urban bustle at Hachigasaki Beach and Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd.. Popular historic sites such as Konzoji Temple and Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden are in your itinerary. Explore Kurobe's surroundings by going to Noto-cho (Matsunami Sake Brewery & Ishikawa Prefecture Yanagida Star Observation Hall Mantemboshi), Tateyama-machi (Oyama Shrine & Oyama Shrine Zenritsu Shadan) and Tanimura Art Museum (in Itoigawa).

Plan trip to Kurobe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kurobe takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kurobe can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kazuno.

Things to do in Kurobe

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Noto-cho, Kamiichi-machi, Hachigasaki Beach, Tanimura Art Museum
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Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden ©
Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden
Konzoji Temple ©
Konzoji Temple
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

3
nights
Kazuno

Kazuno ©
Kazuno is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 31,887, and a population density of 45 persons per km² in 13,132 households. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gozanoishi Shrine and Oyu Stone Circle. Historic Site Osarizawa Mine and Gozanoishi Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kazuno: Odate (Onsen Resorts & Odate Kosaka Railway Rail Bike), Iwate Kodomono Mori (in Ichinohe-machi) and Saga no Taki Fall (in Fujisato-machi). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Matagi Shiryokan, take in panoramic vistas at Obukasawa Observatory, and explore the activities along Ōnuma Hachimantai.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kazuno travel planning app .

Drive from Kurobe to Kazuno in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kurobe in November, things will get a bit cooler in Kazuno: highs are around 48°F and lows about 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kazuno

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Odate, Semboku, Matagi Shiryokan, Iwate Kodomono Mori, Saga no Taki Fall
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Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Onsen Resorts

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