16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamagata
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stop by Odaiba District, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Yamagata

— 1 night
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Yamagata Museum of Art, get outside with Shiginoya Chinuma, fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of History and Culture Warabe No Sato, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yamagata takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Yamagata reach 4°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Yamagata

Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports · Parks

Tsuruoka

— 1 night
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 28th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Haguro, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Midagahara Wetlands.

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You can drive from Yamagata to Tsuruoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get in touch with nature at Otaru Canal and Sapporo Teine. Let the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, stroll around Odori Park, and make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Tsuruoka to Sapporo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Tsuruoka in December, things will get slightly colder in Sapporo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get outdoors at Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Itsukushima Gekijyo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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You can fly from Sapporo to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in December; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara Park (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, get outside with Fuuka-Kimono, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

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