15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Aomori
— 1 day
2
Hirosaki
— 1 night
3
Hachimantai
— 1 night
4
Semboku
— 1 night
5
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
6
Tsuruoka
— 1 night
7
Yamagata
— 1 night
8
Sendai
— 1 night
9
Fukushima
— 1 night
10
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
11
Nikko
— 1 night
12
Kawagoe
— 1 night
13
Tokyo
— 1 night
14
Hakone-machi
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, head outdoors with Hakkoda Odake, then admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally pause for some photo ops at Showa Daibutsu.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aomori journey planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Aomori is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Aomori due to the time zone difference. In December, Aomori is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 1°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll around Hirosaki Apple Park, then walk around Hirosaki Park, then steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki trip itinerary maker.

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 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Apple Park ©
Hirosaki Apple Park
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

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Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
On the 29th (Sun), make a trip to Mt. Iwate Yakehashiri Lava Flow, take in the views from Mori no Ohashi Bridge, get outside with Hachimantai Jukai Line, then get outside with Appi Kogen Ski Resort, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hachimantai road trip planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Hachimantai in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hachimantai are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort

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night
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 30th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Tazawako Ski Resort, then admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, and then take a stroll through Samurai District.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Semboku day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hachimantai to Semboku takes 1.5 hours. December in Semboku sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tazawako Ski Resort ©
Tazawako Ski Resort
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Ishiguro Samurai House
Ishiguro Samurai House

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho takes 2 hours. In December in Hiraizumi-cho, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ideha Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Haguro, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka road trip planning site.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Tsuruoka in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tsuruoka can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda

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night
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 2nd (Thu), fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip builder site.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Yamagata in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Yamagata when traveling from Tsuruoka in January, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Bunshokan ©
Bunshokan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Zuihoden, then appreciate the views at Rairaikyo Gorge, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, and finally don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai vacation planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Yamagata in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fukushima.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Rairaikyo Gorge ©
Rairaikyo Gorge
Jozenji-dori Avenue ©
Jozenji-dori Avenue

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night
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): snap pictures at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, and then see the interesting displays at Fukushima City Minka-en.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Fukushima trip app.

Getting from Sendai to Fukushima by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sendai in January, Fukushima is little chillier at night with lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Fukushima City Minka-en ©
Fukushima City Minka-en

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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, don't miss a visit to Nisshinkan, stop by Aizu Shurakukan, then steep yourself in history at Kaihi Clinic Trail, and finally steep yourself in history at Hikudari Kannondo.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aizuwakamatsu trip planner.

Drive from Fukushima to Aizuwakamatsu in 2 hours. January in Aizuwakamatsu sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Hikudari Kannondo
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Nisshinkan ©
Nisshinkan

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and then explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Nikko in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nikko, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

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Kawagoe

Kawagoe ©
Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Toyama Memorial Museum of Art and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kawagoe trip planner.

Getting from Nikko to Kawagoe by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nikko in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kawagoe, with lows around -2°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toyama Memorial Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art ©
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kawagoe to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kawagoe in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums
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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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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