8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Drive:  12 h 15 min
1
Nomi
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
4
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Bangkok

1
night
Nomi

Nomi ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Matsui Hideki Baseball Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ishikawa Zoo, then get a taste of life in the country at Tatsukuchi Paddock, then walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Nomi is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bangkok in May: high temperatures in Nomi hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nomi

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Ishikawa Jumoku Park, Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute
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Ishikawa Zoo ©
Ishikawa Zoo
Matsui Hideki Baseball Museum ©
Matsui Hideki Baseball Museum

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 9th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip app .

Getting from Nomi to Kanazawa by car takes about an hour. In May in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Hasedeta Temple, take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. May in Nagano sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hasedeta Temple ©
Hasedeta Temple

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kinkaku-ji (in Kyoto) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Ukiyokoji Street, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary app .

Getting from Nagoya to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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