5 days in Japan Itinerary

5 days in Japan Itinerary

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5 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Naganohara-machi
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Naganohara-machi
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Matsumoto
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Kawaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Naganohara-machi

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Naganohara-machi

On the 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Oshi Station Remains and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Naganohara-machi road trip tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Toyama Airport and Niigata Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Naganohara-machi

Baths Spas

Side Trip

Oshi Station Remains
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Onsen Resorts

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Naganohara-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums
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Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Takayama, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Showa Kinen Park and then see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House, then stroll around Kawaguchi Green Center, then stroll through Inokashira Onshi Park, and finally wander the streets of Kichijoji.

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You can drive from Takayama to Kawaguchi in 5 hours. Traveling from Takayama in March, expect nights in Kawaguchi to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Musashino, Showa Kinen Park, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mount Tsukuba
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Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Inokashira Park ©
Inokashira Park