42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
Train
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Ito
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tsumagoi-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Minamimaki-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takasaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nasu-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Hinoemata-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Tadami-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Nihonmatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukushima
— 1 night
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Zao-machi
— 1 night
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Shizukuishi-cho
— 1 night
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Oga
— 1 night
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Hirosaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Kosaka-machi
Drive
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Towada
— 2 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mutsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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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.
For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker app.

Hong Kong, China to Tokyo is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in September, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Ito.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Ito

— 2 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Omuro as well as Omuro Mountain Lift. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): catch a ride on Omuro Mountain Lift and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ito trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Ito by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Ito are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Nature · Transportation

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum as well as Mt. Yake. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya and then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yake.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner.

Drive from Ito to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ito in September, Takayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tateyama-machi

— 2 nights
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oyama Shrine, Mt. Tateyama, Murododaira, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Shomyo Falls and then go for a walk through Daikanbo. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tateyama, appreciate the views at Jigoku Valley, explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, then trek along Murododaira, and finally contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tateyama-machi online travel planner.

Getting from Takayama to Tateyama-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In September in Tateyama-machi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get outside with Shigakogen Plateau and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shibu Onsen.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tateyama-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Baths · Spas

Takayama-mura

— 1 night
On the 8th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Kaminaridaki Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Takayama-mura online trip maker.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama-mura in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Takayama-mura are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Takayama-mura

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Kusatsu-machi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Yubatake, make a trip to Netsunoyu, and then make a trip to Kosenji temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Sainokawara Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, don't miss a visit to Yugama, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirane, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Osen Waterfall.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kusatsu-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama-mura to Kusatsu-machi in 1.5 hours. September in Kusatsu-machi sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tsumagoi-mura

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Onioshidashi Volcanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurofu.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tsumagoi-mura trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Tsumagoi-mura in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Tsumagoi-mura are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
You've now added Tombo no Yu to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): walk around Hanareyama Park, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tombo no Yu.

Plan a trip to Karuizawa-machi easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Karuizawa-machi in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Minamimaki-mura.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas
Highlights from your trip

Minamimaki-mura

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Yokodake.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Minamimaki-mura attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Minamimaki-mura takes 1.5 hours. In September in Minamimaki-mura, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Takasaki.

Things to do in Minamimaki-mura

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Takasaki

— 1 night
Famous for its Daruma dolls, Takasaki serves as a great stopover town during a trip through Japan.
Ikaho Stone Steps has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Haruna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haruna Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Haruna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shorinzan Darumaji Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ikaho Stone Steps.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takasaki trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Minamimaki-mura to Takasaki by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Takasaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Takasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko

— 3 nights
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.
Nikko is known for historic sites, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, make a trip to Irohazaka Route, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, and take in the awesome beauty at Shirane Mountain.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planner.

Drive from Takasaki to Nikko in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nasu-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Nasu-machi

— 1 night
The highland resort town of Nasu-machi brings in visitors with its natural sights and thoughtfully developed tourism infrastructure.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nasudake and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sesshoseki Rocks.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Nasu-machi fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Nasu-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nikko in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Nasu-machi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hinoemata-mura.

Things to do in Nasu-machi

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Hinoemata-mura

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oze National Park. On the 22nd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oze National Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiuchigatake.

Make your Hinoemata-mura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nasu-machi to Hinoemata-mura. Traveling from Nasu-machi in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hinoemata-mura, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tadami-machi.

Things to do in Hinoemata-mura

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Tadami-machi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Tadami, then explore the activities along Lake Tagokura, and then admire the engineering at Tagokura Dam.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tadami-machi trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hinoemata-mura to Tadami-machi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tadami-machi

Parks · Nature

Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 night
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Bandaisan as well as Lake Inawashiro. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Inawashiro and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bandaisan.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu trip planner.

Getting from Tadami-machi to Aizuwakamatsu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tadami-machi in September, Aizuwakamatsu is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nihonmatsu.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nihonmatsu

— 1 night
On the 25th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Adatara.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Nihonmatsu driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Nihonmatsu in 1.5 hours. September in Nihonmatsu sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fukushima.

Things to do in Nihonmatsu

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Fukushima

— 1 night
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Azuma Kofuji, Jododaira Visitor Center and Bandai-Azuma Skyline. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): cruise along Bandai-Azuma Skyline, get your bearings at Jododaira Visitor Center, get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, then get outside with Mt. Issaikyo, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Goshikinuma Lake.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fukushima vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nihonmatsu to Fukushima takes an hour. September in Fukushima sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Fukushima

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Zao-machi

— 1 night
Zao Onsen Outdoor Hot Spring has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Zao Echo Line, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta, take in the dramatic natural features at Okama Crater, then enjoy breathtaking views from Takimidai Lookout, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sangai Fall/Fudo Fall, and finally boost your wellbeing at Zao Onsen Outdoor Hot Spring.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zao-machi planner.

You can drive from Fukushima to Zao-machi in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Zao-machi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shizukuishi-cho.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Shizukuishi-cho

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Iwate. On the 28th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwate.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shizukuishi-cho attractions app.

Traveling by car from Zao-machi to Shizukuishi-cho takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Shizukuishi-cho

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Semboku

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Statue of Tatsuko as well as Ōnuma Hachimantai. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Tazawa and then appreciate the history behind Statue of Tatsuko. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Ōnuma Hachimantai and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Semboku vacation planner.

You can drive from Shizukuishi-cho to Semboku in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Semboku are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Oga.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Oga

— 1 night
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Hachibodai, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oga Aquarium Gao, stop by Oga Peninsula, examine the collection at Namahage Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinzan Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Oga tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Oga takes 2 hours. October in Oga sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hirosaki

— 1 night
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.
You've now added Mt. Iwaki Lifts to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll around Hirosaki Park and then explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki vacation planning site.

Drive from Oga to Hirosaki in 3 hours. In October in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kosaka-machi.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Kosaka-machi

On the 3rd (Sun), look and learn at Hakka Pass Observatory and then get great views at Shimeitei Observatory.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kosaka-machi trip planner.

Drive from Hirosaki to Kosaka-machi in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kosaka-machi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Towada.

Things to do in Kosaka-machi

Museums · Childrens Museums

Towada

— 2 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Towada Scenic Boat. On the 3rd (Sun), get outside with Tsuta Numa, explore the activities along Oirase River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Maidens.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Towada tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kosaka-machi to Towada takes 2 hours. Traveling from Kosaka-machi in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Towada, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Aomori.

Things to do in Towada

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Aomori

— 2 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You've now added Jigoku Pond to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Kayano Highlands, snap pictures at Jogakura Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jigoku Pond, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tashirotai Heights. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Hakkoda Odake, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Sukayu Onsen.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Aomori trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Towada to Aomori in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Towada in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Aomori, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Mutsu

— 2 nights
Mutsu is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 59,807, and a population density of 69.2 persons per km², in 29,304 households. Your list of things to see and do now includes Shimofuro Onsen, Omazaki Cape, Kaikyo Line, and other attractions. On the 7th (Thu), cruise along Mutsu Rosa Rugosa Line, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Sanzu River, then appreciate the history behind Datsueba and Keneo Statues, then stroll through Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hiyamizu of Mt. Osore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Usoriyama, explore the striking landscape at Hotokegaura, then take a memorable drive along Kaikyo Line, then make a trip to Omazaki Cape, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Shimofuro Onsen.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mutsu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aomori to Mutsu in 2 hours. Traveling from Aomori in October, Mutsu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aomori

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shin Aomori Station. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Showa Daibutsu, explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, then make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, then admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Shin Aomori Station.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori sightseeing planner.

Getting from Mutsu to Aomori by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Aomori when traveling from Mutsu in October, with lows around 9°C. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Historic Sites

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.

Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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Gunma Prefecture travel guide

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Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Gunma Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island. Its capital is Maebashi.HistoryJapan was without horses until around the fifth century CE. The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot.When Mount Haruna erupted in the late 6th century, Japan was still in the pre-historical phase (prior to the importation of the Chinese writing system during the Nara period). The Gunma Prefectural archaeology unit in 1994 was able to date the eruption through zoological anthropology at the corral sites that were buried in ash.In the past, Gunma was joined with Tochigi Prefecture and called Kenu Province. This was later divided into Kami-tsu-ke (Upper Kenu, Gunma) and Shimo-tsu-ke (Lower Kenu, Tochigi). The area is sometimes referred to as Jomo (上毛, Jōmō). For most of Japanese history, Gunma was known as the province of Kozuke.In the early period of contact between western nations and Japan, particularly the late Tokugawa, it was referred to by foreigners as the "Joushu States", inside (fudai, or loyalist) Tokugawa retainers and the Tokugawa family symbol is widely seen at public buildings, temples and shrines.

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Aomori Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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