18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Paris
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Narita
— Few hours
train:  3 h
2
Takasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
4
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Toyama
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Fujinomiya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Izu
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
11
Ito
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
12
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
13
Narita
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Paris

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Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Narita travel route builder site.

Paris, France to Narita is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Narita. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Narita, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. You will leave for Takasaki on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

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night
Takasaki

Takasaki ©
Famous for its Daruma dolls, Takasaki serves as a great stopover town during a trip through Japan.
Haruna Shrine has been added to your itinerary.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takasaki vacation planner.

Getting from Narita to Takasaki by car takes about 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Takasaki

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
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Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip maker site.

Drive from Takasaki to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. While traveling from Takasaki, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Yamanouchi-machi, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagano.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

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nights
Nagano

Nagano
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nagano trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Yamanouchi-machi to Nagano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

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nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 12th (Tue), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Watanabe Sake Brewery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kio Wakamiya Shrine.

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

You can take a train from Nagano to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Spas Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Hida
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Thermal Spas

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.
For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Toyama journey planner.

Toyama is just a stone's throw from Kanazawa. In November, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:

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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.
For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya day trip site.

Traveling by car from Toyama to Nagoya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Nagoya sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:

1
night
Fujinomiya

Fujinomiya
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fujinomiya trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fujinomiya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Izu.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

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nights
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, don't miss a visit to Kantsuki Tensho Kimko, make a trip to Zenshu Fujimisan Darumadera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myotokuji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, and finally explore the world behind art at Ivory Craft Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Izu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fujinomiya to Izu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ito.

Things to do in Izu

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba ©
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba

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night
Ito

Ito
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ito road trip planning app.

Ito is very close to Izu. In November in Ito, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Ito

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

2
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.
For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo travel planner.

Getting from Ito to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Ito in November, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 11°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

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night
Narita

Narita
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Narita itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Narita in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Narita. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

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