19 days in Tokyo & Tokai Itinerary

19 days in Tokyo & Tokai Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ise
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Atami
— 3 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Copenhagen

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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, visit Akihabara, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takayama trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Takayama are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Wada House, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Sampoiwadake, examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, and then get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 10th (Fri), walk around Chubu Park and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya road trip site.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. December in Nagoya sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Ise

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium and then get in on the family fun at Hotel Shima Spain Mura.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ise trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nagoya in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ise, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Atami.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Atami

— 3 nights
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Atami: Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Ropeway, &more).

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Atami online trip planner.

You can fly from Ise to Atami in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in December, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Atami. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Atami

Museums · Theme Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Tokai travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums