Central Japan 12 Days Itinerary-C

Summary

  • Start
    Chubu Centrair International Airport or Nagoya Station
  • Finish
    Haneda/Narita airport or Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya Station
  • Mileage
    Total 1650km
    140km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Relaxing
  • Onsen Stay
    Max. 6 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    May,Jun,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct

This is a 12-day, one-way itinerary that takes you across central Japan from Nagoya to Tokyo.
Due to short daily mileage and staying consecutive nights in 2 cities, you can travel at a relaxing pace.

 

Nagoya – Takayama(Sample)

Start: Nagoya (名古屋)
Finish: Takayama (高山)
Mileage:220km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head from Nagoya to Takayama.

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1

Inn in Nagoya

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9:00

Today’s mileage is long about 220km. Please try to shorten the travel time by using expressways as much as possible.




120 min

2

Monet’s Pond

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Monet’s Pond is best from June to November when the weather is clear.

11:00

First of all, you will go from Nagoya Airport to Mino IC on the expressway for about 100km.

The first destination is [Monet’s Pond]. The water lilies blooming in the highly transparent spring water are very beautiful, and the appearance of Nishikigoi swimming elegantly in the pond is like Monet’s masterpiece “Water Lilies”.
(Note) Nishikigoi is a general term for carp breeds that have been improved for ornamental fish, and is characterized by its colorful body color.

If the weather is bad or if you are traveling in winter, we recommend skipping here to save time.




30 min

3

Gujo Hachiman

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Old streets and waterways of Gujo Hachiman

12:30

After that, the highlight of the day is [Gujo Hachiman]. Spring waters and waterways spread out in the old townscape designated as an important traditional buildings preservation district of the country, and it has a wonderful atmosphere. There are many attractions such as Sogi-sui, Yanaka-Mizu no Komichi, Igawa Komichi, and Gujo Hachiman Castle, so it is recommended that you spend as much time as possible in Gujo Hachiman.

Old streets and waterways of Gujo Hachiman

We recommend having an eel lunch at Gujo Hachiman. You can refer to the recommended restaurant on the day-by-day Driving Map

broiled eel served over rice in a lacquered box




70 min

4

Inn in Takayama

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Hida Takayama’s Local Cuisine – Hoba Miso

15:30

On this day, you are staying at [Hida Takayama], the center of the Hida region where you can feel the history and culture. If you book inn near Old town, it is good idea to check-in your inn first.

After checking in at the hotel, please take a leisurely stroll around the old town.

Hida beef steak




5

Takayama Old Town

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The old town of Takayama.

15:00

After check-in, enjoy walking in the [Takayama Old Town] called “Little Kyoto”. The appearance of castle towns and commercial towns in the Edo period (1603-1868) is preserved. Shopping while looking at the old cityscape, a tour of the sake brewery, eating Hida beef, minced meat cutlet, pudding, etc. are fun, and time passes in no time.

Try Takayama Menchikatsu Croquette using Hida Beef
The are many gift shops, restaurants and Sake Brewary in Takayama
Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan, a permanent exhibit of actual Takayama Matsuri floats

Please drop in at [Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan]. The stalls used at the nationally famous Takayama Festival are always on display.




5 min

There is one of the world’s largest rose gardens, [Gifu World Rose Garden], on the way to the spot on this day. You can enjoy flowers such as roses, sunflowers, and cosmos all year round. The rose season (mid-May-early June, late October-early November) is especially recommended.

One of the world’s largest rose gardens Hana Festa Memorial Park
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Where to stay in Takayama

On this day, you will stay in Takayama(高山) city which is famous for its old townscape.
Many inns are concentrated between Takayama station and Miyagawa river.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Luxury Ryokans provides free parking. But middle-range hotels may ask you to park in a nearby public paid parking lot.
  • Onsen
    Many of the inns provide Onsen. However, some western-style hotels don’t have it.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

 

Takayama – Kanazawa🔒

Start: Takayama (高山)
Finish: Kanazawa (金沢)
Mileage:140km
Travel Pace: Normal

You are heading from Takayama to Kanazawa on this day. It is a day to fully enjoy the world heritage Shirakawago and Gokayama, which is the best highlights of Central Japan.

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Inn in Takayama

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9:00

The mileage on this day is 140km, which is standard, but if you want to see plenty of Shirakawago Village and Kanazawa City, we recommend that you leave around 9 o’clock.

Miyagawa morning market is open from 7:00.

Speaking of Takayama in the morning, please go to the morning market. Before checking out, please enjoy a walk in [Miyakawa Morning Market] or [Jinyamae Morning Market].




45 min

2

Shirakawago Village

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Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage Site where you can enjoy the original landscape of Japan

10:20

The highlights of the day are [Shirakawago Village] and [Gokayama], which are World Heritage Sites. First, head to Shirakawago Village. There is not much to see along the road to Shirakawa-go, so move quickly for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

In Shirakawago Village, general vehicles are not allowed to enter the center of the village. Please park your car in the Seseragi Park parking lot, cross the river, and stroll through the village while looking at the gassho-style houses.

You can also see the inside of some houses, so be sure to visit them.

Ogimachi Castle Ruins in Shirakawa-go View from the observatory

The Ogimachi Castle Ruins Observatory on the hill is a great spot with a famous panoramic view of Shirakawago Village. It is recommended to walk from the village but those who have bad legs can also drive. Please refer driving map.

Be sure to visit!




40 min

It is recommended to drive NOT expressway(E41) but normal route156 from Shirakawago village to Ainokura. The travel time is almost the same and you can drive scenic mountain roads.

There is nice soba restaurant using Gassho style old house and nice for lunch.

Sansai(Mountain begetable) Soba at Shokuro is nice!

3

Ainokura Gassho style Village

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Ainokura Gassho style Village

13:30

Next, you will go to [Ainokura Gassho style Village] in Gokayama town, a World Heritage Site. Although it is smaller than Shirakawago Village, there are fewer tourists, and you can feel the original scenery of Japan with gassho-style houses.

Aikura Gassho-Zukuri Village, representing the World Heritage Site of Gokayama




60 min

There are not many spots to see from Ainokura to Kanazawa. It is recommended to drive the expressway(E41&E8).

4

Kenrokuen Garden

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Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan

15:30
At the beginning of Kanazawa, let’s visit [Kenrokuen Garden], which is widely known as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It is a wonderful garden where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the four seasons and has been awarded three stars by Michelin Green Guide Japan.

The cherry blossoms (Bgn April) and autumn leaves (Bgn November-End November) in Kenrokuen are especially recommended.

Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden in autumn (early November-late November)

Next to Kenrokuen, you can walk to [Kanazawa Castle], which was the residence of the feudal lord of this area during the Edo period (1603-1868). It is currently maintained as a park, and the turrets and stone walls make you feel the history.

Beautiful Kanazawa Castle turret




10 min

5

Higashi Chaya District

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Savor the atmosphere of the teahouse district at Higashi Chaya-Gai

16:30

If you have time, stop by [Higashi Chaya District]. This is also one of the popular tourist spots in Kanazawa, and you can see the teahouse-style buildings that have been selected as an important traditional buildings preservation district of the country.

Must visit preserved Old Tea House “Shima” in Higashi Chaya District
You can enjoy green tea and Japanese sweets at “Shima” in Higashi Chaya District




10 min

6

Inn in Kanazawa

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18:30

You are staying in Kanazawa on this day. In Kanazawa, there are many restaurants around Kanazawa station. Please try local gourmet food such as high-class fish “Nodoguro”, crab, and Kanazawa oden.

Nodoguro fish
Snow Fish(Kobako gani香箱ガニ) is signature food of Kanazawa




Driving Map For the Day🔒

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Where to stay in Kanazawa

On this day, you will stay in Kanazawa city(金沢).
The inns are concentrated on the east side of Kanazawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Kanazawa- Kanazawa🔒

Start:Kanazawa (金沢)
Finish:Kanazawa (金沢)
Mileage:10km
Travel Pace: Relaxing

On this day you will stay in Kanazawa for consecutive nights following yesterday.

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1

Inn in Kanazawa

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10:00

This day is a day to visit sightseeing spots in Kanazawa city, so it is a relaxing day. The recommended itinerary assumes that you will be traveling by car, but if you park your car in a parking lot near Kenrokuen, you can walk (about 10km) to all of the sites. If your hotel is close to the sightseeing spots introduced, you can leave your car at the hotel and go sightseeing on foot.




10 min

2

Kenrokuen Garden

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Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan

10:10

If you haven’t been to Kenrokuen Garden yet, please go to [Kenrokuen Garden] first. It is widely known as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It is a wonderful garden where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the four seasons and has been awarded three stars by Michelin Green Guide Japan.

The cherry blossoms (Beg April) and autumn leaves (Beg November-End November) in Kenrokuen are especially recommended.

Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden in autumn (early November-late November)

Next to Kenrokuen, there is [Kanazawa Castle], which was the residence of the feudal lord of this area during the Edo period (1603-1868). It is currently maintained as a park, and the turrets and stone walls make you feel the history.

Beautiful Kanazawa Castle turret




10 min

3

Omicho Market

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Kaisendon at Omicho Market is must-try!

12:00

Next, you will head to Omicho Market. Please enjoy lunch with the famous Kaisendon (seafood rice bowl) here.

Omicho Market in Kanazawa




10 min

4

Nagamachi Samurai House district

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Nagamachi samurai residence near Korinbo in Kanazawa

13:00

Then you will head to the Nagamachi Samurai House district. This is an area where earthen walls and stone-paved streets from the samurai era remain, and magnificent samurai residences line the streets.




10 min

5

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

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Nagamachi samurai residence near Korinbo in Kanazawa

14:00

Afterward, you will go to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. This museum was built in the center of the lawn as a circular glass-enclosed building and has a mysterious structure that looks at the front from any direction. You can enter from any direction, and the area where you can enter for free is wide, and you can appreciate many works for free.




10 min

6

Higashi Chaya District

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Nagamachi samurai residence near Korinbo in Kanazawa

15:00

Your final stop for the day is the [Higashi Chaya District]. It is located along the Asano River, which runs through the eastern side of the city, and once prospered as a teahouse district, it is one of the popular tourist spots in Kanazawa.

Savor the atmosphere of the teahouse district at Higashi Chaya-gai
Must visit preserved Old Tea House “Shima” in Higashi Chaya District
You can enjoy green tea and Japanese sweets at “Shima” in Higashi Chaya District




10 min

7

Inn in Kanazawa

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16:30
On this day you will stay in Kanazawa for consecutive nights following yesterday. Please spend a relaxing time at the hotel. Please try local gourmet food such as phantom high-class fish “Nodoguro”, crab, and Kanazawa oden if you missed the previous day.




Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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Where to stay in Kanazawa

On this day, you will stay in Kanazawa city(金沢).
The inns are concentrated on the east side of Kanazawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Kanazawa- Toyama🔒

Start:Kanazawa (金沢)
Finish:Toyama (富山)
Mileage:150km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day you will head to Toyama from Kanazawa.

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1

Inn in Kanazawa

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10:00

The mileage on this day is normal at 145km.

If your tour of Kanazawa city is not enough, please visit places in the city that you haven’t been to.

Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan




45 min

2

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

10:45

After leaving Kanazawa, you will head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway which is a rare sandy beach that you can drive by car.




50 min

3

Amaharashi Coast

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View of the Tateyama Mountain Range beyond Toyama Bay at Amehara Beach

12:30

Next, you will head to [Amaharashi Coast] where you can view the Tateyama Mountain Range beyond Toyama Bay if the weather is good.




20 min

4

Shin-minato Kittokito Market

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Shin-minato Kittokito Market

14:00

Next, you will head to Shin-minato Kittokito Market. Today’s lunch is a specialty fish dish using fresh seafood.




5 min

5

Kaiomaru Park

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Kaiomaru Park

15:00
Please also stop by Kaiomaru Park, which is nearby. This is a resting bay area centered on the sailing ship Kaiomaru. You can safely experience the ship, the port and the sea, and play freely on the spacious grounds. You can also tour the inside of Kaiomaru.




50min

6

Sankyoson Observatory

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Sankyoson observatory with beautiful sunset

16:20
Next you head to the Sankyoson Observatory. This is a scenic spot where you can overlook the the beautiful rural scenery and Sankyoson village. The sunset seen from here is beautiful, especially around the beginning of May when the sun is reflected on the paddy fields. This place is a little-known hidden gem that only rent-a-car travelers can enjoy.

Please check here for sunrise and sunset times.



50 min

7

Inn in Toyama

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Toyama Black Ramen

18:00

Toyama, where you stay on this day, has many hotels on the south side of Toyama Station, and there are many restaurants in the surrounding area. Enjoy local gourmet food such as Toyama black ramen, Himi udon, and Masuzushi, as well as delicious fish and sake.




Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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Where to stay in Toyama

On this day, you will stay in Toyama city(富山).
The inns are concentrated on the south side of Toyama Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Toyama – Nagano🔒

Start : Toyama (富山)
Finish : Nagano (長野)
Mileage : 210km
Travel Pace : Fast

On this day, you will head to Nagano from Toyama.

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1

Inn in Toyama

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9:00

This day is a long drive of 210km, so please use the expressway (E8) to reduce travel time. Also, make sure to take regular breaks while driving.




120min

2

Takahashi Ameya

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11:00

The first place to visit today is Takahashi Ameya. After leaving Toyama, drive on the expressway while looking at the Sea of Japan to the left, and Takahashi Ameya is just after exiting the highway at Joetsu IC.
This is the oldest candy store in Japan with nearly 400 years of history. Try traditional Japanese candy.




60min

3

Uzuraya

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12:30

soba

After that you will head towards Togakushi. You can find one of Togakushi’s most famous Soba (buckwheat noodles) restaurants on day-by-day Driving Map.




10 min

4

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

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13:30

Next, you will head to [Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine)] which is famous for its beautiful cedar trees over 400 years old. The 300 cedar trees line up for 500m from the Zuishinmon Gate and a truly mysterious world spreads.

Beautiful cedar trees over 400 years old in Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine).




5 min

5

Kagamiike Pond

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Kagamiike Pond in Togakushi

15:00

Next you will stop at Kagami Pond. Kagami means mirror, and this pond reflects the mountains and clouds in the background like a mirror.

There is nice cafe near the park and good for lunch.




40min

5

Zenkoji Temple

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16:30

Zenkoji Temple

Next, you will head to Zenkoji Temple which is one of the most important and popular temples in Japan.




10min

6

Inn in Nagano

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17:30

You will stay in Nagano on this day. Nagano has many hotels between Nagano Station and Zenkoji Temple. If you are going to go to Zenkoji Temple after checking in to the hotel, you may want to book a hotel as close as possible to the Temple.




If you are traveling from late July to mid-October, Kurohime Highland Cosmos garden is recommended. It is a flower garden where 1 million cosmos and 20,000 dahlias (50 types) are in full bloom.

Kurohime Highland Cosmos garden

If you are traveling in early to mid-April, the Spring Quartet(春の四重奏) is recommended. A quartet of cherry blossom trees, tulips, and rape blossoms can be seen miraculously against the background of Mt. Asahidake with remaining snow.
This site has been featured on TV several times and is extremely popular, so the area around it is very crowded. Therefore, on Saturdays and Sundays, access to the nearby parking lot is restricted, and you will have to park a little further away and access the site by shuttle bus.

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Where to stay in Nagano

On this day, you will stay in Nagano(長野) City. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Nagano Station
Many inns are located north of Nagano Station. Convenient for dinner and recommended for family.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Western-style Hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shukubo Around Zenkoji Temple
Near Zenkoji Temple, there are small inns operated by Buddhist temples called “Shukubo(宿坊)”.
Some Shukubo provide special activity such as “Shakyo(写経)”sutra chanting. They also offer vegetarian meals for monks, called “Shojin Ryori(精進料理)”. Please take note that they are not normal inn and you need to follow their rules. Not recommended for small children.
Most of Shukubo cannot book via Online Travel Agency. Please search by yourself.

 

Nagano – Kusatsu🔒

Start: Karuizawa (長野)
Finish: Kusatsu (草津)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will head from Nagano to Kusatsu Onsen. You can enjoy on one of the most beautiful mountain road “Shiga Kusatsu Road (Route 292)” in Honshu island.
It is closed in winter (from mid-November to late April) and it required to take a big detour.

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Inn in Nagano

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10:00

The mileage is short, about 125km, but about 40km of it is a mountain road. There are also many attractions and places to go for a walk, so it is recommended that you start early.

If you haven’t yet, we recommend going to Zenkoji Temple early in the morning before checkout. In that case, it would be a good idea to go for the Osaji (morning service) and experience it yourself. This is a memorial service held by all the priests of Zenkoji Temple, and the start time is one hour after sunrise, which changes every day (5:30-7:00). See the below link for more detail.

Zenkoji Temple

Schedule of Osaji (morning service) and Rosary Blessing



60min

2

Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can see snow monkeys famous for bathing in hot springs.

11:00

The first destination for the day is [Jigokudani Monkey Park], which is worldwide famous for snow monkeys!

It is also nice to relax at the ENZA cafe near the parking for Monkey Park.

ENZA cafe near Jigokudani monkey park




45 min

3

Mt.Yokote observatory

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Mt. Yokote Observatory

13:00

Your next destination is [Mt. Yokote observatory].
If you have time, you can also use the skylator and lift to climb the summit of Mt. Yokote.

Mt.Yokote Summit has a Crumpet Cafe with a wonderful view. Also, about 50m away from there, there is the Yokote Summit Hut, and the bakery there is very famous. On this day, we recommend having lunch at one of these restaurants.

Crumpet Cafe at the Mt.Yokote summit
The bakery in the Yokote Summit Hut is very famous




15 min

4

Highest point of Japan National Route

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Shiga-Kusatsu Road View from the highest point on the Japanese National Highway

16:00

About 15 minutes from Mt.Yokote observatory, there is the [Highest point of Japan National Route]. At the best viewpoint on the Shiga Kusatsu Road, you can enjoy a magnificent view.

Shiga-Kusatsu Road After winter closure, you can drive between walls of snow in May.




60 min

6

Inn in Kusatsu

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Kusatsu Onsen Yubatake. You can also enjoy a footbath.

17:30

On this day, you will stay at Kusatsu Onsen, one of the most famous Onsen town in all over Japan.
Kusatsu is full of highlights such as walking around the symbols [Yubatake] and [Sainokawara Park], and a hot spring fir show at [Netsunoyu]. Please enjoy walking around the city after checking in at the inn.

hot spring fir show at Netsunoyu.
Sainokawara Park is not as famous as Yubatake but worth walking.

Please check hot spring show time at Netsunoyu



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Where to stay in Kusatsu

Kusatsu is one of the most famous onsen town in all over Japan.
Drive Japan recommends an inn within walking distance of the symbolic “Yubatake” hot spring field.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking. But some of their parking is far from the inn and they provide a free shuttle bus.
  • Onsen
    Of course, most of the inns have onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

 

Kusatsu – Karuizawa🔒

Start: Kusatsu (草津)
Finish: Karuizawa (軽井沢)
Mileage:60km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will head from Kusatsu to Karuizawa.

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Inn in Kusatsu Onsen

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10:00

The mileage is short at 60km, so you can drive comfortably.




30 min

2

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

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Sengenzan Kannon-do Hall in Onishidashi Garden

10:30

We recommend [Mt. Asama magma stone park (Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)]. You can take a walk for about 30 minutes in the desolate scenery of the cold and solidified lava of Mt. Asama. In autumn, you can enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves from here.

Amazing autumn foliage from Onioshidashi park (Beg-Nov)




10 min

From there you will comfortably drive through the woods of Kitakaruizawa. You can also enjoy sweets if you take a break on the way. Please refer driving map.

Pudding specialty store Sweets Lamberse

3

Shiraito Waterfalls(Karuizawa)

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Shiraito Waterfall (Karuizawa)

12:00

Next, you will visit [Shiraito Waterfalls(Karuizawa)] along the Shiraito Highland Way on the toll road. There is no river upstream, and it is a mysterious waterfall where the water seeps out from the mountain surface and flows down.




25 min

4

Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street

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Old Karuizawa Ginza Street is a fun place to eat and walk around.

13:30

After that, you will go to the town of Karuizawa and walk on [Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street]. It is the main street of Karuizawa, a historic summer resort. You can enjoy walking around the cute church and the bakery where John Lennon attended. It is also recommended for lunch.




15 min

5

Karuizawa Lake Garden

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Enjoy autumn leaves and autumn roses at Karuizawa Lake Garden in October at the same time.

15:30

The last destination is [Karuizawa Lake Garden]. It is especially breathtaking in spring and fall, when the roses are in full bloom and the leaves are changing colors.




10 min

6

Inn in Karuizawa

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17:00

There are many nice restaurants in Karuizawa where you will stay on this day, but all of them are closed from 8 to 9 pm due to town regulations. The convenience stores also close at 23:00. Please make sure you arrive at the inn by about 6 pm so you don’t miss your dinner.
A walk in the town of Karuizawa will be tomorrow.




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Where to stay in Karuizawa

On this day, you will stay in Karuizawa city(軽井沢) which is famous for its summer and snow resorts.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Karuizawa Station.
And when you stay in Karuizawa, be aware of the strict town ordinances. All restaurants close by 21:00 and all convenience stores also close at 23:00.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay at an inn with an onsen, “Karuizawa Prince hotel” is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many nice restaurants for dinner around the hotel. And some inns also provide nice dinner too. Therefore, please make reservations according to your preference. Due to the town ordinances, most of the restaurants close around 20:00-21:00. Please note that there is no place where you can eat dinner at a late time.

 

Karuizawa – Matsumoto🔒

Start: Karuizawa (軽井沢)
Finish: Matsumoto (松本)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Karuizawa to Matsumoto via the Venus Line, one of Japan’s leading tourist mountain roads. This is one of the biggest highlights of this road trip.

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Inn in Karuizawa

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9:00

The mileage is short, about 130km, but about 50km of it is a mountain road. There are also many attractions and places to go for a walk, so it is recommended that you start early.




90 min

2

Kurumayama Highland

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Magnificent Nature of Kurumayama Plateau

10:30

Firstly, you will head towards Lake Shirakaba and enter the Venus Line near Lake Shirakaba. We recommend eating lunch at Kurumayama on this day, so please buy a lunch box around Lake Shirakaba.

After Lake Shirakaba, you will enter the very beautiful Venus Line. There are some shops to take a rest and observatories along the way, so stop by and enjoy a drive.
After that, it is the biggest highlight of the day [Kurumayama Highland]. A truly awesome 360-degree view spreads out. You need to take a lift to the top of the mountain, but you will never regret it. Highly recommended. And don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Venus Line, which everyone want to run at least once




15 min

3

Yashima Wetlands

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Yashima wetlands stretching across the plateau

12:45

You then head to [Yashima Wetlands]. You can take a walk in the marshland, which stretches over a plateau at an altitude of 1600 m, and is full of rare plants and flowers. Yashima Wetlands can be circumnavigated in about an hour and a half.




35 min

4

Mitsumine Viewing Platform

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The Great Observatory of the Mitsumine is a great place to take a break.

15:00

After that, you will head to [Mitsumine Viewing Platform]. You can take a break while gazing at the superb view. If you plan to visit the inside of Matsumoto Castle, we recommend leaving here by 15:15.




50 min

5

Matsumoto Castle

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Magnificent view of Matsumoto Castle

16:30

The final destination of the day is [Matsumoto Castle], which is synonymous with Matsumoto. Please use the expressway (E19) to reduce travel time.

You can see the inside of the castle tower, which is one of the few original castle towers in Japan. However, please note that the final admission time is 16:30 – 17:30 depending on the seasons.

Matsumoto castle



10 min

6

Inn in Matsumoto

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18:00

Matsumoto, the largest city in Nagano prefecture. Many restaurants are open until night, so you don’t have to worry about dinner.
If you have time, we recommend taking a walk along “Nakamachi-Dori street”, which is lined with buildings with Namako walls.

Matsumoto Nakamachi Street lined with sea cucumber walls




Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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Where to stay in Matsumoto

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Matsumoto- Matsumoto🔒

Start : Matsumoto (松本)
Finish : Matsumoto (松本)
Mileage : 100km
Travel Pace : Fast

On this day you will stay in Matsumoto for consecutive nights following yesterday. And you will enjoy “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route” on a day trip.
If you prefer another place, Japan Alps “Kamikochi” is recommended too.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Matsumoto

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9:00

The mileage is as short as 100km, but it’s better to leave early to enjoy Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route fully.




75 min

2

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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10:15

Trekking along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama side) with an overwhelming sense of nature

Today’s first destination is Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the biggest highlight today. First, please aim for Ogizawa, which has the entrance on the Nagano side.

After parking the car in the Ogizawa parking lot, take a trolley bus and head to Kurobe Dam. The bus goes through a narrow and dark tunnel.

At Kurobe Dam, please enjoy the huge Kurobe Dam, which is known as the highest dam in Japan. Especially powerful water discharge is great. If you are confident in your legs, we recommend to go to an observatory located in a high place.

huge Kurobe Dam

After that, please walk on the dam and head to Kurobe Lake Station of the Kurobe cable car on the other side. And you will take the cable car to Kurobeidaira Station.

Kurobe cable car in Kurobeidaira Station

At Kurobedaira Station, you will change to Tateyama Ropeway and head to Daikanbo. This ropeway is 1700m long and has no pillars on the way, and the longest ropeway in Japan. And Lake Kurobe and the surrounding mountains are so beautiful that you will feel like you are flying in the air of the alpine route.

At Daikanbo, please change to a trolley bus. At that time, please don’t forget to go to the rooftop observatory at the station. Lake Kurobe and the large panoramic view of the Arpen Route are one of the best beauties.

The trolleybus then arrives at Murodo, the highest point of the Tateyama Alpine Route. In Murodo, please enjoy the Yuki-no-Otani (mid-April to mid-June), Mikurigaike Pond walk, and more.

Yuki-no-Otani (Snow wall) in Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (mid-April to mid-June)
Mikurigaike Pond

After enjoying Murodo, please return to Ogizawa the way you just came, without going further in the direction of Tateyama.




50min

3

Daio Wasabi Farm

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16:00

The water around Daio Wasabi Farm is clear and really beautiful.

Next, you will head to the Daio Wasabi Farm. This is known as the best wasabi garden in Japan, and many tourists visit. After walking around, please try wasabi soft-serve ice cream.




30min

4

Inn in Matsumoto

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17:30

It takes about 15km to Matsumoto. Please go back to the same inn. Please spend a relaxing time.




If you prefer another place, Japan Alps “Kamikochi” is recommended too.
You can enjoy 1 hour of walking in the breathtaking scenery.

Pleasant riverside walking pass in Kamikochi
Autumn foliage in Kamikochi (mid-October to late October)
You need to take bus from Apandana Parking to Kamikochi
Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Matsumoto

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Matsumoto- Matsumoto🔒

Start : Matsumoto (松本)
Finish : Matsumoto (松本)
Mileage : 100km
Travel Pace : Fast

On this day you will stay in Matsumoto for consecutive nights following yesterday. And you will enjoy “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route” on a day trip.
If you prefer another place, Japan Alps “Kamikochi” is recommended too.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Matsumoto

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9:00

The mileage is as short as 100km, but it’s better to leave early to enjoy Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route fully.




75 min

2

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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10:15

Trekking along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama side) with an overwhelming sense of nature

Today’s first destination is Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the biggest highlight today. First, please aim for Ogizawa, which has the entrance on the Nagano side.

After parking the car in the Ogizawa parking lot, take a trolley bus and head to Kurobe Dam. The bus goes through a narrow and dark tunnel.

At Kurobe Dam, please enjoy the huge Kurobe Dam, which is known as the highest dam in Japan. Especially powerful water discharge is great. If you are confident in your legs, we recommend to go to an observatory located in a high place.

huge Kurobe Dam

After that, please walk on the dam and head to Kurobe Lake Station of the Kurobe cable car on the other side. And you will take the cable car to Kurobeidaira Station.

Kurobe cable car in Kurobeidaira Station

At Kurobedaira Station, you will change to Tateyama Ropeway and head to Daikanbo. This ropeway is 1700m long and has no pillars on the way, and the longest ropeway in Japan. And Lake Kurobe and the surrounding mountains are so beautiful that you will feel like you are flying in the air of the alpine route.

At Daikanbo, please change to a trolley bus. At that time, please don’t forget to go to the rooftop observatory at the station. Lake Kurobe and the large panoramic view of the Arpen Route are one of the best beauties.

The trolleybus then arrives at Murodo, the highest point of the Tateyama Alpine Route. In Murodo, please enjoy the Yuki-no-Otani (mid-April to mid-June), Mikurigaike Pond walk, and more.

Yuki-no-Otani (Snow wall) in Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (mid-April to mid-June)
Mikurigaike Pond

After enjoying Murodo, please return to Ogizawa the way you just came, without going further in the direction of Tateyama.




50min

3

Daio Wasabi Farm

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16:00

The water around Daio Wasabi Farm is clear and really beautiful.

Next, you will head to the Daio Wasabi Farm. This is known as the best wasabi garden in Japan, and many tourists visit. After walking around, please try wasabi soft-serve ice cream.




30min

4

Inn in Matsumoto

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17:30

It takes about 15km to Matsumoto. Please go back to the same inn. Please spend a relaxing time.




If you prefer another place, Japan Alps “Kamikochi” is recommended too.
You can enjoy 1 hour of walking in the breathtaking scenery.

Pleasant riverside walking pass in Kamikochi
Autumn foliage in Kamikochi (mid-October to late October)
You need to take bus from Apandana Parking to Kamikochi
Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Matsumoto

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Matsumoto – Mt.Fuji🔒

Start: Matsumoto (松本)
Finish:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Mileage:180km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head from Matsumoto to Mt.Fuji.

Recommended  Itinerary

1

Inn in Matsumoto

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9:00

The mileage is relatively long at 180km, so it is recommended that you leave the hotel by 9 o’clock at the latest. Also, use the expressway as much as possible to reduce driing time.

If you haven’t visited Matsumoto castle yet, let’s visit before you leave Matsumoto. They open from 8:30.

Matsumoto Castle is recommended to visit early in the morning.




80 min

2

Lake Suwa Observatory(Tateishi Park)

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Suwa Lake (Tateishi Park) was made famous by the anime “Kimi no na wa”

10:50

The first destination is [Lake Suwa Observatory (Tateishi Park)]. It is a place visited by many tourists with a wonderful view of Lake Suwa and the city of Suwa.




80 min

3

Shosenkyo Gorge

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Shosenkyo Gorge is said to be the most beautiful valley in Japan

12:40

Next, you will move to Yamanashi Prefecture and visit [Shosenkyo], which is said to be “the best valley beauty in Japan”. It is about 75km, about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive using the Chuo Expressway (E20).

Shosenkyo ropeway is also located near Shosenkyo

You can enjoy the natural beauty of cliffs, special-looking rocks, and beautiful water streams from the well-maintained promenade.




80 min

4

Oishi Park

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Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and flowers of the four seasons at the same time at Oishi Park (lawn cherry blossoms late April-early May, lavender June-July)

15:40

After Shosenkyo, you will go to [Oishi Park] where you can see Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchiko which is one of the Fuji Five Lakes at the same time. It is about 65km, about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive using the Chuo Expressway (E20). The flowers of the four seasons are also beautiful here, especially during the lavender season (mid-June-mid-July).

Take a break at a cafe with a nice atmosphere

There is [Slow Garden Kinuta] near Oishi Park, so please stop by. Homemade natural yeast bread is lined up at the store, and you can relax in the cafe space.




10 min

5

Inn in Lake Kawaguchi

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16:50

We recommend staying around Lake Kawaguchi or Lake Yamanaka on this day. After checking in at the hotel, you can enjoy local gourmet food such as Hoto or Yoshida udon, which are local dishes of Yamanashi prefecture, while strolling along the lakeside. At dusk on Lake Yamanaka, you may be able to capture the lake, Mt. Fuji, and the setting sun in one photo.




On this day, you can enjoy beautiful flowers if the seasons match. We recommend that you adjust the time and stop by, such as [Jindai Zakura], [Sunflower field of Akeno], and [Lake Yamanaka Flower Park].

Jindai-zakura, one of the three oldest cherry trees in Japan, is said to be 2,000 years old (early to late April)
Akeno’s sunflower field is a spectacular sight with 600,000 sunflowers in full bloom (late July-late August)
Lake Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park where you can enjoy seasonal flowers (tulips late April-early May, sunflowers mid-August-late August, cosmos late August-mid October, etc.)

Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
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Where to stay in Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its Onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
    There are a few restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Mt.Fuji – Tokyo🔒

Start:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Finish: Tokyo (東京)
Mileage:150km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day you will return to Tokyo from Lake Kawaguchiko.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)

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9:00

The mileage is about 150km, which is normal. However, there are many attractions around the Fuji Five Lakes and there is a very high possibility of traffic jams in Tokyo. Please allow 2-3 hours for a return trip to Tokyo, especially if you travel on Sundays and the last day of consecutive holidays.

Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and flowers of the four seasons at the same time at Oishi Park (lawn cherry blossoms late April-early May, lavender June-July)




20 min

2

Saiko Iyashi no sato NENBA

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Sato Nenba of the Nishiko-Iyashi

9:20

The first recommendation is [Saiko Iyashi no Sato NENBA]. The restored thatched-roof houses are lined up, and it is truly a world of old Japanese tales.




20 min

3

Mt.Fuji(Fuji Subaru Line 5th station)

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Fuji Subaru Line Fifth Station

10:10

After that, you will head to the highlight of the day [Mt.Fuji(Fuji Subaru Line 5th station)]. It is about 20km and 40 minutes from the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center at the foot of the mountain. Also, general vehicles cannot run from mid-July to mid-September, so use the bus during that time.




35 min

4

Lunch

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Hoto, a local cuisine of Yamanashi

12:50

Speaking of lunch in Yamanashi, “Hoto” is recommended. Please refer driving map. In particular, there are many Hoto restaurants around Lake Kawaguchiko, so be sure to visit them.




20 min

5

Oshino Hakkai

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“Hannoki Forest Museum & Sokonuke Pond” in Oshino Hakkai is highly recommended

14:10

[Oshino Hakkai] near Lake Yamanakako are eight springs where the underground water of Mt. Fuji comes up. It is registered as a World Cultural Heritage along with Mt. Fuji.

Please use either of the following parking lots.
Hinodeya Parking Lot(ひのでや駐車場): MAPCODE 161 130 608
Ikemoto Parking Lot(池本駐車場): MAPCODE 161 130 849




100 min

It is about 120km from Oshino Hakkai to Tokyo. If there is no traffic jam, it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes on the Chuo Expressway(E68 & E20).

6

Rental car branch at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Tokyo

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17:30
This is the end of this road trip.

①Returning a car at Haneda Airport
They provide a free shuttle bus from the branch to the airport. Normally it takes 15-20 min but may take up to 1 hour during busy times.

②Returning a car at Narita Airport
If you use Narita Airport, please be aware that it is about 70km from central Tokyo and about 1 hour by expressway. They provide a free shuttle bus from the branch to the airport. Normally it takes 15-30 min but may take up to 1 hour during busy times.

③Returning a car in Tokyo
Traffic jams often occur in Tokyo. Be sure to return your car with plenty of time to spare.

There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo! Enjoy your last Japanese meal before returning to your home country as much as you want!

Shibuya Crossing
Akihabara takes 20min from Shinjuku by train
There are many high-end Sushi restaurants in Tokyo




Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Tokyo

If you are planning to stay overnight in Tokyo, we recommend the following places.
①Shinjuku Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
②Shibuya Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
③Tokyo Station
Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
④Haneda Airport
There are some huge hotels at the airport.
⑤Narita Airport
As you may know, Narita Airport is located 80km away from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours by car. Please travel well in advance of your schedule.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 3,000 inns in Tokyo. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Process

  1. Book hotels or rental cars from the links below.
  2. Submit the “Map Request Form” at the bottom after bookings.
  3. We will send you day-by-day Driving Maps with MAPCODE of the itinerary you choose!
    Enjoy your trip without the hassle of finding parking!

 

Rental Car Booking

Please rent a car with below “Rentalcars.com” link.

  • The abundant number of rental cars
  • Price comparisons with several major car rental companies
  • Free cancellation
*Please change the location and date by yourself
Pick-up & Drop-off Location Guide
  • Pick-up
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport
      The main international airport in Central Japan. Recommended for Pick-up.
      If you arrive after 13:00, consider staying overnight around the airport or in Nagoya and departing the next morning.
      It takes 30-60 min to Nagoya station by train and 45 min by car.
    • Nagoya City
      The capital of Aichi Prefecture and the 3rd biggest city in Japan. Most car rental shops are located around Nagoya Station.
      Nagoya Station, a Shinkansen stop, and downtown Sakae Station are only 5 min by train.
  • Drop-off
    • Haneda airport
      Close to the center of Tokyo. 30-45 min to Tokyo, Shibuya and Shinjuku Stations by train.
    • Narita Airport
      70km away from the center of Tokyo. 60 minutes from Tokyo by train, 90 minutes by car.
    • Tokyo Station
      For travelers who will take Shinkansen.
    • Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station
      Convenient for shopping and eating.
Important reminder for renting a car
  • GPS(Car Navigation System)
    MAPCODE from Drive Japan navigates you precisely to the parking lot. GPS from major car rental companies(Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Times) are always MAPCODE compatible. However, if you are renting a car from another company, we recommend that you check with the rental company after making a reservation, just to be sure.
  • One-way Rental
    Please note that one-way charge from Nagoya to Tokyo is about JPY30,000 per car.
  • Child Seat
    In Japan, the use of a child safety seat or baby seat is mandatory for children under 5 years old.
    Be sure to request one from “Extras”.
  • Snow Tire
    If you travel from the end of November to the end of March, you must book a car with snow tires.

Hotel Booking

You can book any hotels for this itinerary from the links below, however we will suggest a recommended mid range hotel or inn that has:
・Parking
・A convenient location
・A rate of about JPY8,000-15,000/person/night

Start Date

/ stay in Takayama
Recommended Inn

Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan Annex

On this day, you will stay in Takayama(高山) city which is famous for its old townscape.
Many inns are concentrated between Takayama station and Miyagawa river.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Luxury Ryokans provides free parking. But middle-range hotels may ask you to park in a nearby public paid parking lot.
  • Onsen
    Many of the inns provide Onsen. However, some western-style hotels don’t have it.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.
/ stay in Kanazawa
Recommended Inn

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

On this day, you will stay in Kanazawa city(金沢).
The inns are concentrated on the east side of Kanazawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Kanazawa
Recommended Inn

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

On this day, you will stay in Kanazawa city(金沢).
The inns are concentrated on the east side of Kanazawa Station.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Toyama
Recommended Inn

Crowne Plaza Ana Toyama

On this day, you will stay in Toyama city(富山).
The inns are concentrated on the south side of Toyama Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Nagano
Recommended Inn

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

On this day, you will stay in Nagano(長野) City. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Nagano Station
Many inns are located north of Nagano Station. Convenient for dinner and recommended for family.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Western-style Hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shukubo Around Zenkoji Temple
Near Zenkoji Temple, there are small inns operated by Buddhist temples called “Shukubo(宿坊)”.
Some Shukubo provide special activity such as “Shakyo(写経)”sutra chanting. They also offer vegetarian meals for monks, called “Shojin Ryori(精進料理)”. Please take note that they are not normal inn and you need to follow their rules. Not recommended for small children.
Most of Shukubo cannot book via Online Travel Agency. Please search by yourself.

/ stay in Kusatsu
Recommended Inn

Ichii

Kusatsu is one of the most famous onsen town in all over Japan.
Drive Japan recommends an inn within walking distance of the symbolic “Yubatake” hot spring field.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking. But some of their parking is far from the inn and they provide a free shuttle bus.
  • Onsen
    Of course, most of the inns have onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.
/ stay in Karuizawa
Recommended Inn

Karuizawa Prince Hotel East

On this day, you will stay in Karuizawa city(軽井沢) which is famous for its summer and snow resorts.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Karuizawa Station.
And when you stay in Karuizawa, be aware of the strict town ordinances. All restaurants close by 21:00 and all convenience stores also close at 23:00.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay at an inn with an onsen, “Karuizawa Prince hotel” is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many nice restaurants for dinner around the hotel. And some inns also provide nice dinners too. Therefore, please make reservations according to your preference. Due to the town ordinances, most of the restaurants close around 20:00-21:00. Please note that there is no place where you can eat dinner at a late time.
/ stay in Matsumoto
Recommended Inn

Hotel Buena Vista

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Matsumoto
Recommended Inn

Hotel Buena Vista

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Matsumoto
Recommended Inn

Hotel Buena Vista

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)
Recommended Inn

Fuji Lake Hotel

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
    There are no onsens in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
    There are a few restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Tokyo(If you need)
Recommended Inn

Keio Plaza Hotel

If you are planning to stay overnight in Tokyo, we recommend the following places.
①Shinjuku Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
②Shibuya Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
③Tokyo Station
Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
④Haneda Airport
There are some huge hotels at the airport.
⑤Narita Airport
As you may know, Narita Airport is located 80km away from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours by car. Please travel well in advance of your schedule.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 3,000 inns in Tokyo. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

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