13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Narita
+2
Train + Foot + Train:  5 h
1
Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Yamagata
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Izu
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
End: Narita

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, take a stroll through Samurai District, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally wander the streets of Kakunodate.

To find where to stay, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Semboku attractions planning app .

Narita to Semboku is an approximately 5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Narita in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Semboku: temperatures range from 2°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Kakunodate ©
Kakunodate

1
night
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the striking features of Bunshokan, make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao, then head outdoors with Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yamagata journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Semboku to Yamagata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Yamagata are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Outdoors Spas
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Shiga Kogen, then fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi vacation maker site .

You can drive from Yamagata to Yamanouchi-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Madarao Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area ©
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area

1
night
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 20th (Thu): experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, stop by Nawate Shopping District, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, and finally examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto vacation planner.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In February in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Matsumoto in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

1
night
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): go for a walk through Chikurinnokomichi, contemplate the long history of Shuzen-ji Temple, then stroll around Shuzenji Nijino Sato, then take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, and finally contemplate the long history of Toi Kinzan.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Izu planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Izu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in February, with highs in Izu at 11°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Chikurinnokomichi ©
Chikurinnokomichi
Shuzenji Nijino Sato ©
Shuzenji Nijino Sato

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

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Traveling by train from Izu to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Izu in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Tokyo. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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