50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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50 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
3
Fuji National Park
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Seki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Inuyama
— 1 night
train:  45​min
7
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  30​min
10
Kobe
— 1 day
+2
train + subway + train:  1​h 30​min
11
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Yoshino-cho
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
13
Koya-cho
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
14
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
15
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
16
Ise
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
17
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
18
Hikone
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
19
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
20
Toyama
— 1 night
train:  1​h
21
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
22
Ueda
— 1 night
train:  2​h
23
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
24
Tokyo
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

6
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 Kawagoe Historical Museum, Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace, Todoroki Valley, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Get outdoors at Mt. Takao and Imperial Palace Running Course. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate the long history of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner.

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. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Odawara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kawagoe, Mt. Takao, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Inokashira Park Zoo, 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.
To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Odawara journey tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Odawara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tokyo in March since evenings lows in Odawara dip to 11°C. Wrap up 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

3
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls (Fujinomiya), take in the dramatic natural features at Narusawa Ice Cave, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Fuji Five Lakes. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Waketamaike Spring, explore the activities along Lake Tanuki, then experience rural life at Makaino Farm, and finally get impressive views of Mount Fuji.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fuji National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Odawara to Fuji National Park in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
You've now added Tsumagojuku to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Akasawa Natural Forest and Nezame no Toko. Your inner history buff will appreciate Naegi Castle Remains and Kyu Kizawa Elementary School. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagiso-machi: Iida (Kawamoto Kihachiro Puppet Museum, Iidajo, & more) and Oshika Median Tectonic Line Museum (in Oshika-mura).

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Nagiso-machi trip builder .

Drive from Fuji National Park to Nagiso-machi in 4.5 hours. March in Nagiso-machi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seki.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iida, Agematsu-machi, Naegi Castle Ruins, Oshika Median Tectonic Line Museum
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins
Kyu Kizawa Elementary School ©
Kyu Kizawa Elementary School

2
nights
Seki

Seki ©
Seki is a city located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple, explore the activities along Ibikikyo, then make a trip to Nemichi Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Udatsu Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takazawa Kannon. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Sunomata Castle, examine the collection at Oku no Hosomichi Musubi no Chi Memorial Hall, snap pictures at Koi no Tsuribashi (Miyayama Bridge), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miwa Shrine, then examine the collection at Earthquake Fault Observation Museum, and finally examine the collection at Knife Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seki itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Seki in 2 hours. Traveling from Nagiso-machi in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seki, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inuyama.

Things to do in Seki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ibigawa-cho, Ogaki, Udatsu no Agaru Street, Earthquake Fault Observation Museum
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nemichi Shrine ©
Nemichi Shrine
Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple ©
Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple
Knife Museum ©
Knife Museum

1
night
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.
You've now added The Little World Museum of Man to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum Meijimura, see the interesting displays at The Little World Museum of Man, explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, steep yourself in history at Inuyama Jokamachi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haritsuna Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanko Inari Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Inuyama day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Seki to Inuyama takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Inuyama are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Inuyama

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
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

1
night
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 31st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, browse the different shops at JR Central Towers, then explore the activities along Yamazaki River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsuruma Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip builder website .

Nagoya is just a short distance from Inuyama. March in Nagoya sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Ise.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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 Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. On the 1st (Sun), meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then stroll through Tennoji Park, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally get your game on at Expocity.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Expocity
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Expocity ©
Expocity

1
day
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 as well as Kokoen Garden. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shosekiheki Cliff, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiromine Shrine, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Myochin Hompo.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hiromine Shrine ©
Hiromine Shrine
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): soothe aching muscles at Arima Onsen, make a trip to Kazamidori no Yakata, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Minatogawa Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip maker website .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Himeji. April in Kobe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kazamidori no Yakata ©
Kazamidori no Yakata
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine

2
nights
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 4th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then 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. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushiji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Sarusawa-ike, then contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Fujinoki Tombs.

Make your Nara itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Kobe to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yoshino-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fujinoki Tombs
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Yoshino-cho

Yoshino-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Yoshinoyama. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinpusenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoshimizu Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshinoyama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tonanin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyoirinji Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yoshino-cho holiday maker .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Yoshino-cho in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Yoshino-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Yoshimizu Shrine ©
Yoshimizu Shrine
Tonanin ©
Tonanin

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin, explore the world behind art at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Koyasan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Koya-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yoshino-cho to Koya-cho in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:
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 ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get curious at Osaka Science Museum, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kemasakuranomiya Park, then examine the collection at Japan Mint, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaka tenmangu shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, then get your game on at Japanese Cosplay Photo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Video Game Bar Space Station.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Koya-cho in April, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

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nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nachi Otaki. Kumano Nachi Taisha and Torii will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Seigantoji Temple and Kamikura Shrine. Explore Nachikatsura-cho's surroundings by going to Kumano (Shishiiwa, Matsumoto Toge, & more), Tanabe (Senninburo & Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site) and Ruins of Shingu Castle (in Shingu). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in panoramic vistas at Hiramidaienchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kujirahama Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in April since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kumano, Taiji-cho, Tanabe, Shingu
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

2
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.
Oharai-machi has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Meotoiwa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Futami-ura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Okageza. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Okage Yokocho, don't miss a visit to Daiozaki, get great views at Daiosaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to 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, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ise day trip planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shima
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa

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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. Explore hidden gems such as Yasaka Shrine and Kamogawa River. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya) and The Tower of the Sun (in Suita). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hikone.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shukugawa Park, The Tower of the Sun
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Kurokabe Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kinomotojuku, then take in the history at Sekigahara Battlefield, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryotanji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Nagahama Castle Historical Museum, see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chomeiji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Hachiman-bori, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tarobogu Shrine (Aga Shrine).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hikone vacation maker tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Hikone by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you will find days in Hikone are a bit cooler (18°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) 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 20 — 22:
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 as well as Kanazawa Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Shima. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nomura Family Samurai House and Natadera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, Nagase house, & more) and Komatsu (Yunokuni no Mori & Ishikawa Aviation Plaza). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, get great views at Kazuemachi Tea House Street, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and get engrossed in the history at Ishikawashiko Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hikone to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Hikone in April, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Komatsu
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza ©
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza

1
night
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 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Toyama Castle, contemplate the long history of Toyama Gokoku Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of 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 don't miss a visit to Toyama Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Toyama trip builder tool .

Toyama is just a stone's throw from Kanazawa. In April, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:
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 26th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history 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 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, hit the slopes at Iizuna Resort, examine the collection at Tanaka Honke Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nagano trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Toyama to Nagano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Ueda.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Obuse Museum Nakajima Chinami Hall, Iizuna Resort, 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
Saiho-ji Temple ©
Saiho-ji Temple

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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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Uedajo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anrakuji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Mugonkan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zensanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikushimatarushima Shrine.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Ueda trip itinerary site .

Ueda is just a stone's throw from Nagano. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

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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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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): 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 take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Old High School Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Norikura Kogen.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ueda to Matsumoto 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) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

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

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akihabara. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hie Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiji Honganji Temple, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum
Sengaku-ji Temple ©
Sengaku-ji Temple

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