23 days in East Asia Itinerary

23 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Nagano
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Nagano
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kiso-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matsushiro and Sanada House. Visit Togakushi Jinja Hokosha and Old Mejima Residence for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Shiga Kogen (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Myoko Kogen (in Myoko). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and examine the collection at Sanada Treasure Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano online visit planner.

Florence, Italy to Nagano is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Florence in March, things will get a bit cooler in Nagano: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
On the 15th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Inokashira Park Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, then stroll around Kitanomaru Park, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Nagano in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Myogi Shrine and Rinsen-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Gunma Natural Museum and Akiyamago. Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama-mura (Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park & Kaminaridaki Falls), Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort (in Yuzawa-machi) and Ichinomiya Nukisaki Shrine (in Tomioka).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Yamanouchi-machi reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nunobiki Kannon and Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum. Visit Zensanji Temple and Ikushimatarushima Shrine for their historical value. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Tateyama-machi (Oyama Shrine & Mt. Tateyama), Hotaka Shrine (in Azumino) and Kitazawa Museum of Art (in Suwa). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto itinerary planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kiso-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Kiso-mura

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Fri), stroll through Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area and then steep yourself in history at Nakamura Tei.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kiso-mura road trip planning website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kiso-mura in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Kiso-mura

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

Takayama

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shirakabe Dozogai and Kusakabe Folk Museum. Get in touch with nature at Osakacho Waterfalls and Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!. When in Takayama, make a side trip to see Himeshaga no Yu in Gero, approximately Gero away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, admire the striking features of Yoshijima Heritage House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sukyo Mahikari.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Takayama day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kiso-mura to Takayama takes 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Takayama are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Shirakawa-mura

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo and Atakasumiyoshi Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amidaga Falls and Ainokura Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Nippon Origami Museum (in Kaga) and Nanto (Ainokura Minzokukan & Iox Arosa). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, examine the collection at Toyota Automobile Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Kaikan Museum, then walk around Tsuruma Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): explore the activities along Yamazaki River, don't miss a visit to Little World, then don't miss a visit to Inuyama Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Inuyama Jokamachi.

Plan my day in Nagoya using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in March since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31: