13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sakura
— 1 day
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Tsuruoka
— 4 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Matsushima-machi
— 1 day
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Sendai
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Towada
— 1 night

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Sakura

Sakura ©
Sakura is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.As of December 2014, the city has an estimated population of 177,601 and a population density of 1714 persons per kmĀ². Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Japanese History, admire the natural beauty at Sakura Furusato Square, then steep yourself in history at Sakura Castle Site Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Old House of Gentaro Kodama.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sakura sightseeing planning website.

Tokyo to Sakura is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Sakura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Sakura

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Site
Sakura Castle Site Park
3.7

4
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tsuruoka: Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Sakata (Ryugonji, Sankyo Soko Storehouse, &more). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, get great views at Mt. Oyama, steep yourself in history at Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine.

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You can take a bus from Sakura to Tsuruoka in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sakura in December, you will find days in Tsuruoka are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Mountain
Mt. Haguro
4.8
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Historic Site
Sankyo Soko Storehouse
3.9

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 30th (Sun), take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho, then explore the activities along Hirose River, then don't miss a visit to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and finally stop by Sendai Mediatheque. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, catch a live event at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, then take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, then step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, and finally make a trip to Aoba-dori Avenue.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sendai online driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Tsuruoka to Sendai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tsuruoka in December, Sendai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Hirose River
3.8
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Castle
Sendaijo Ato
3.5

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Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, then snap pictures at Sukashi Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Godaido, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matsushima-machi tour planner.

Matsushima-machi is just a stone's throw from Sendai. In January, daytime highs in Matsushima-machi are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Entsu-in Temple
4.4
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Marina
Matsushima Bay
3.9
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Religious Site
Zuiganji
4.0

1
night
Sendai

Sendai
For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai trip planner.

Sendai is just a stone's throw from Matsushima-machi. You will leave for Hakodate on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Sendai

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nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Sendai to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In January, Hakodate is little chillier than Sendai - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Mount Hakodate
4.4
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Must see
Goryokaku Tower
4.2
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
3.5

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night
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center and then steep yourself in history at Towada Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Towada online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Towada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Towada when traveling from Hakodate in January, with lows around -2°C. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Towada

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
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Art Museum
Towada Art Center
4.4

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