16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation 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.
Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and make a trip to Takeshita Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planning app.

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. In December, Tokyo is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to 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.
Kick 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 explore the world behind art at Museum of History and Culture Warabe No Sato, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yamagata trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamagata by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Yamagata at 4°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow 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), get engrossed in the history at Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then don't miss a visit to Mt. Haguro, and finally explore the striking landscape at Midagahara Wetlands.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tsuruoka trip planner.

Drive from Yamagata to Tsuruoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Tsuruoka can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum. Visiting Otaru Canal and Mt. Moiwa will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, head outdoors with Sapporo Teine, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Sapporo road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tsuruoka to Sapporo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tsuruoka in December; daily highs in Sapporo reach 0°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can 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.
Visiting Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods will get you outdoors. Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Itsukushima Gekijyo (in Hatsukaichi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Hiroshima is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nara Park. For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Fuuka-Kimono. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online route planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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

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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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