11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip app.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 74°F. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
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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.
Visit Ainokura Gassho Community and Shirakabe Dozogai for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato). Venture out of the city with trips to Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Nagase house). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Takayama online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Matsumoto visit planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
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— 2 nights
On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online tour planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Japan travel guide

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.