13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kanazawa
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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 day by day itinerary now includes Shibuya scramble square. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Akihabara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday tool.

Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manila in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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 24th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally contemplate the long history of Wada House.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Takayama, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online travel planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then take a stroll through Arashiyama. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.