4 days in Japan Itinerary

4 days in Japan Itinerary

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4 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Takayama
— 1 night
3
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Obuse-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Kanazawa

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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 26th (Sun), make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Komatsu Airport and Toyama Airport. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Takayama online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Takayama, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip site .

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Obuse-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Museum of Art ©
Matsumoto City Museum of Art

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Obuse-machi

Obuse-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get lost in a book at Machi Tosho Terrasow, stroll through Chikumagawa Fureai Park, then admire all the interesting features of Kobayashi Farm, and finally learn about winemaking at Obuse Winery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Obuse-machi trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Matsumoto to Obuse-machi in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Obuse-machi can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Obuse-machi

Parks Wineries
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Chikumagawa Fureai Park ©
Chikumagawa Fureai Park

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