13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Drive to Logan International Airport, Fly to Hakodate Airport, Drive to Hirosaki
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Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Niigata
— 1 night
Drive
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Mashiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly
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Inuyama
— 1 night
Fly
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Kawasaki
— 1 day
Fly
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Naha
— 1 night
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Tateyama
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Tateyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Omachi
— 1 day
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Logan International Airport, Drive to Boston

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Hirosaki

— 2 nights
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.
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Former Hirosaki City Library, walk around Hirosaki Park, then explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hirosaki journey planner.

Boston, USA to Hirosaki is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Hirosaki due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Hirosaki are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly to Niigata.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks

Niigata

— 1 night
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then visit Pia Bandai, then look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, and finally pause for some photo ops at Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Niigata trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hirosaki to Niigata in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hirosaki in March, expect Niigata to be somewhat warmer, temps between 49°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Mashiko-machi.

Things to do in Niigata

Shopping · Historic Sites

Mashiko-machi

— 2 nights
On the 1st (Wed), experience rural life at JA Hagano Mashiko Strawberry Picking, sample the tasty concoctions at Sake Brewery of Mashiko Tonoike Sake Brewing, get a taste of the local shopping with Pottery Warehouse, then see the interesting displays at Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saimyoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Moegi Honten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasama Inari Shrine, and finally visit Michi-no-Eki Motegi.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mashiko-machi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Niigata to Mashiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mashiko-machi when traveling from Niigata in April, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Mashiko-machi

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online travel route planner.

Getting from Mashiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Mashiko-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 67°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Inuyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks

Inuyama

— 1 night
Located on the banks of an important regional river, the inland castle town of Inuyama has long been an important waypoint for merchants and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of The Museum Meijimura, browse the exhibits of Little World, admire the natural beauty at Urakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Inuyama Jokamachi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inuyama road trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Inuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Inuyama to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Inuyama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Kawasaki

— 1 day
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sojiji, admire the striking features of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, then contemplate the long history of Kawasaki Daishi, and finally shop like a local with Lazona Kawasaki Plaza.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kawasaki travel route planner.

You can fly from Inuyama to Kawasaki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Naha.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naha

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
On the 6th (Mon), make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then make a trip to Makishi Public Market, then make a trip to Kokusaidori, and finally don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street.

Discover how to plan a Naha trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kawasaki to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kawasaki in April; daily highs in Naha reach 75°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Tateyama.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites

Tateyama

— 2 nights
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Nojimasaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Cape Nojima, take an in-depth tour of Nojimasaki Lighthouse Museum Kirarin Hall, steep yourself in history at Awa Jinja, then explore the historical opulence of Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum), and finally kick back and relax at Oki no Shima.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tateyama trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Naha to Tateyama. Traveling from Naha in April, expect Tateyama to be a bit cooler, temps between 61°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Omachi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Omachi

— 1 day
Ōmachi is a city located in northwest Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 27,587 and a population density of 48.8 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Salt Road chojiya Yabusame Hall, see the interesting displays at Omachi Mountain Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reisyoji, then head outdoors with Mt.Takagari, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinashinmeigu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Omachi trip builder tool.

Drive from Tateyama to Omachi in 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tateyama in April since evenings lows in Omachi dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Omachi

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Kanto travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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