49 days in Japan Itinerary

49 days in Japan Itinerary

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49 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Odawara
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Fuji National Park
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Ise
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Yoshino-cho
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Koya-cho
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
11
Nara
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  1​h 30​min
12
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
13
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
14
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
15
Inuyama
— 1 day
train:  1​h
16
Seki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
17
Hikone
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
18
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
19
Toyama
— 1 night
train:  1​h
20
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
21
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
22
Ueda
— 1 night
23
Tokyo
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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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.
You've added Kawagoe Historical Museum, Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace, Todoroki Valley, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama International Swimming Pool (in Yokohama), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Toki no Kane (in Kawagoe). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey maker site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Odawara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kawagoe, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mt. Takao, Yokohama International Swimming Pool, Showa Kinen Park
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

1
night
Odawara

Odawara ©
Flanked on two sides by the Hakone Mountains, Odawara serves as a popular base for visits to the nearby Hakone hot springs, although the city boasts its own hot spring, as well as a scenic coastal area known for its clear, unspoiled waters.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Gyokan-no-Fuji, identify plant and animal life at Japanese Iris Garden, witness the site of a historic battle at Mt. Ishibashi Old Battlefield, enjoy the sand and surf at Kozu Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Odawara trip maker .

You can drive from Tokyo to Odawara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Odawara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Odawara

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum ©
Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum
Odawara Castle ©
Odawara Castle

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nights
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shiraito Falls (Fujinomiya), Fuji Five Lakes and Mount Fuji. On the 23rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Narusawa Ice Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Fuji Five Lakes, then don't miss a visit to Arakurayama Sengen Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Milk Land Co., Ltd., then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls (Fujinomiya), then relax in the rural setting at Makaino Farm, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fuji National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Odawara to Fuji National Park in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Fujiyoshida, Narusawa Ice Cave, Fuji Five Lakes, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

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Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsumagojuku. On the 25th (Sun), hike along Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, then take an in-depth tour of Waki-honjin Okuya, then get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), and finally don't miss a visit to Tsumagojuku. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Suishozan Onsen, see the interesting displays at Kawamoto Kihachiro Puppet Museum, then explore the activities along Sarukura no Izumi, then step into the grandiose world of Naegi Castle Remains, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eishoji Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagiso-machi trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Fuji National Park to Nagiso-machi takes 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Nagiso-machi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Iida, Nakatsugawa
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, browse the different shops at JR Central Towers, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsuruma Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Nagoya in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nagiso-machi in March since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oharai-machi. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): go for a stroll along the water at Meotoiwa, stroll through Futami-ura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then get great views at Oharai-machi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Okageza. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Okage Yokocho, enjoy the sea views from Daiozaki, take some stellar pictures from Daiosaki Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ise trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Ise: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shima
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa

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nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
You've now added Nachi Otaki to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seigantoji Temple. Get in touch with nature at Umikongo and Kujirahama Beach. Explore Nachikatsura-cho's surroundings by going to Kumano (Ubuta Shrine, Shishiiwa, & more), Tanabe (Kumano Hongu Taisha & Torii) and Ruins of Shingu Castle (in Shingu). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, see the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yoshino-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kumano, Kushimoto-cho, Tanabe, Taiji-cho, Ruins of Shingu Castle
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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Yoshino-cho

Yoshino-cho ©
Mt. Yoshinoyama has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoshimizu Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshinoyama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tonanin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyoirinji Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Yoshino-cho travel site .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Yoshino-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. April in Yoshino-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Yoshino-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Yoshimizu Shrine ©
Yoshimizu Shrine
Tonanin ©
Tonanin

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin, admire the masterpieces at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Koyasan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yoshino-cho to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

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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.
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Video Game Bar Space Station. Get a sense of the local culture at Osaka Castle and Dotonbori. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, and get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder site .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Osaka. On the 12th (Thu), you're off toNara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally stop by Sikaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then get great views at Naramachi, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nara planning tool .

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Nara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, contemplate the long history of Kazamidori no Yakata, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, steep yourself in history at Minatogawa Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe road trip planning tool .

Kobe is very close to Himeji. In April in Kobe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inuyama.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kazamidori no Yakata ©
Kazamidori no Yakata
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiromine Shrine, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History and Kokoen Garden. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, take an in-depth tour of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, then examine the collection at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine, and finally view the masterpieces at Myochin Hompo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History ©
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Hiromine Shrine ©
Hiromine Shrine

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daigo-ji Temple, Mount Hiei and Kifune Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo-jo Castle and Gion. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Higashi Osaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium (in Higashiosaka), The Tower of the Sun (in Suita) and Biwako Valley (in Otsu). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip maker .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Biwako Valley, The Tower of the Sun, Higashi Osaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Inuyama

Inuyama ©
Located on the banks of an important regional river, the inland castle town of Inuyama has long been an important waypoint for merchants and travelers.
The Little World Museum of Man has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum Meijimura, examine the collection at The Little World Museum of Man, step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, then contemplate the long history of Inuyama Jokamachi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haritsuna Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanko Inari Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inuyama tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Kobe to Inuyama by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Inuyama are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Seki.

Things to do in Inuyama

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The Museum Meiji-mura ©
The Museum Meiji-mura
The Little World Museum of Man ©
The Little World Museum of Man
Inuyama Jokamachi ©
Inuyama Jokamachi

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Seki

Seki ©
Seki is a city located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): snap pictures at Koi no Tsuribashi (Miyayama Bridge), contemplate the waterfront views at Ibikikyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miwa Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Nemichi Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Udatsu Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takazawa Kannon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Sunomata Castle, see the interesting displays at Oku no Hosomichi Musubi no Chi Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple, see the interesting displays at Earthquake Fault Observation Museum, then examine the collection at Knife Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seki City Enku Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seki holiday planner .

Drive from Inuyama to Seki in an hour. In April in Seki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hikone.

Things to do in Seki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ibigawa-cho, Ogaki, Earthquake Fault Observation Museum, Udatsu no Agaru Street
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nemichi Shrine ©
Nemichi Shrine
Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple ©
Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple
Knife Museum ©
Knife Museum

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Hikone

Hikone ©
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sekigahara Battlefield. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Nagahama Castle Historical Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kinomoto Jizoin Temple, then take in the history at Sekigahara Battlefield, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryotanji Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Kurokabe Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiga Prefecture Gokoku Shrine, examine the collection at Hikone Castle, then don't miss a visit to Azuchi Castle Ruins, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hachiman-bori, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tarobogu Shrine (Aga Shrine).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hikone online day trip planner .

Drive from Seki to Hikone in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hikone are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nagahama, Omihachiman, Tarobogu Shrine (Aga Shrine), Sekigahara Battlefield
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Hachiman-bori ©
Hachiman-bori
Kurokabe Square ©
Kurokabe Square

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Higashichaya Old Town, Kanazawa Castle and Motorcar Museum of Japan. Visit Nomura Family Samurai House and Shima for their historical value. Ishikawa Aviation Plaza and Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Myozenji Temple & Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall) and Komatsu (Yunokuni no Mori & Natadera Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Ishikawashiko Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hikone to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Hikone in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Komatsu, Shirakawa-mura, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice, Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza ©
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Toyama Castle, contemplate the long history of Toyama Gokoku Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Traditional Townscape of Iwase, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and finally make a trip to Toyama Catholic Church.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Toyama trip itinerary planning website .

Toyama is just a short distance from Kanazawa. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Toyama Gokoku Shrine ©
Toyama Gokoku Shrine
Traditional Townscape of Iwase ©
Traditional Townscape of Iwase
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 25th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Kita Yatsuga-take, see the interesting displays at Sanada Treasure Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally examine the collection at Obuse Museum Nakajima Chinami Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, examine the collection at Tanaka Honke Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagano attractions planner.

You can take a train from Toyama to Nagano in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Obuse Museum Nakajima Chinami Hall, Tanaka Honke Museum, Kita Yatsuga-take, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kamikochi Visitor Center, Myojin Pond, Matsumoto Castle, and other attractions you added. On the 27th (Fri), hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, then get answers to all your questions at Kamikochi Visitor Center, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Old High School Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto visit planning app .

Drive from Nagano to Matsumoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Ueda.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Myojin Pond
Myojin Pond
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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Ueda

Ueda ©
Nestled at the start of Japan's "Romantic Road," the city of Ueda established itself in the 16th century as a prominent castle town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Anrakuji Temple. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Uedajo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anrakuji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Mugonkan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zensanji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikushimatarushima Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ueda trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Ueda takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ueda

Historic Sites Museums
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Anrakuji Temple ©
Anrakuji Temple
Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle
Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akihabara as well as Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kitanomaru Park, take a stroll through Akihabara, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Ueda to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ueda in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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