4 days in Tokyo, Yamanashi Prefecture & Kanazawa Itinerary

4 days in Tokyo, Yamanashi Prefecture & Kanazawa Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Drive
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Kanazawa
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Tokyo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, visit Ueno District, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, then don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hozomon, and finally wander the streets of Kagurazaka.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Tokyo. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Museums
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, stroll around Oishi Park, then examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planning site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Kanazawa

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An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, look for all kinds of wild species at IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, then steep yourself in history at Ozaki Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning app.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Yamanashi Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Yamanashi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the main island of Honshu.The prefecture is landlocked, featuring a fertile central valley, the Kōfu Basin, surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan including the highest, Mount Fuji located on the southern border with Shizuoka.The capital of the prefecture is the city of Kōfu.HistoryPre-history to the 14th centuryAs in most other Japanese regions, prehistoric society in Yamanashi progressed though the hunting, fishing and gathering stage of the Jōmon period, then the rice-producing stage of the Yayoi period and subsequent village and regional formation. The Maruyama and Choshizuka Kofun (earthen burial mounds) located on Sone Hill of Nakamichi Town (Southern Kōfu) are believed to have been built from the end of the 4th century. From these remains it can be assumed that the people of Sone Hill had great influence.During the Heian period, Kai Province was created in this area.15th to 19th centuriesAmong the many Kaigenji generations, those of the Takeda, Ogasawara, and Nanbu families were particularly prosperous. During the Sengoku period of the 16th century, Takeda Shingen attained the status of daimyō and built Tsuzuji Mansion and the Yōgai Castle in Kōfu. From this base, he attempted to unify and control Japan.

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