11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Matsumoto
— 1 day
2
Aomori
— 1 night
3
Hirosaki
— Few hours
4
Morioka
— 1 night
5
Semboku
— 1 day
6
Sendai
— 1 night
7
Niigata
— 1 night
8
Aizuwakamatsu
— Few hours
9
Mito
— 1 night
10
Saitama
— 1 night
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights

1
day
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.
On the 21st (Mon), deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, and then make a trip to Matsumoto Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto road trip tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Matsumoto is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in December; daily highs in Matsumoto reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

1
night
Aomori

Aomori
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Aomori fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Matsumoto to Aomori by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, expect nights in Aomori to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Historic Sites Museums

few
hours
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll around Hirosaki Park, thenexplore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, and then stop by Omoide Shop Sakura House.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Hirosaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Morioka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

1
night
Morioka

Morioka
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Morioka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Morioka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Morioka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll set off for Semboku on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
day
Semboku

Semboku ©
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 23rd (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, steep yourself in history at Ishiguro Samurai House, browse the exhibits of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai District, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Semboku trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Morioka to Semboku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Semboku, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Semboku

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Samurai District ©
Samurai District

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get your game on at Icerink Sendai, don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, thendon't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sendai travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Semboku to Sendai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Sendai is a bit warmer than Semboku - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Sendai

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Jozenji-dori Avenue ©
Jozenji-dori Avenue

1
night
Niigata

Niigata
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Niigata online visit planner.

Getting from Sendai to Niigata by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Niigata, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Museums Historic Sites

few
hours
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, stop by Aizu Shurakukan, and then take in the exciting artwork at Suzuzen.

Planning Aizuwakamatsu trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Aizuwakamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Niigata in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Aizuwakamatsu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mito.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle

1
night
Mito

Mito ©
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the striking features of Kobuntei, get lost in a book at Sagawa Library, walk around Mito City Forest Park, thenmake a trip to Mori no Chevre Plaza, and finally admire the natural beauty at Howaen.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mito trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Mito in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in December, expect nights in Mito to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saitama.

Things to do in Mito

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mito City Forest Park ©
Mito City Forest Park
Kobuntei ©
Kobuntei
Howaen ©
Howaen

1
night
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, stroll around Shimin no Mori, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Osaki Park Children's Zoo, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nanasato Shrine, and finally walk around Oarata Kotsu Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saitama travel route builder tool.

Drive from Mito to Saitama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Saitama when traveling from Mito in December, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nanasato Shrine, Oarata Kotsu Park
Highlights from your plan
Osaki Park Children's Zoo ©
Osaki Park Children's Zoo

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Ikspiari about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Saitama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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