46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel planner

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Ashikaga
— 1 night
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Hitachi
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamagata
— 1 night
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Hanamaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Semboku
— 1 night
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Inakadate-mura
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 1 night
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Biei-cho
— 1 night
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Wakkanai
— 1 night
Fly to Niigata Airport, Drive to Minakami-machi
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Minakami-machi
— 1 night
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Miyazaki
— 1 night
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Okinawa City
— 1 night
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Tatsugo-cho
— 1 night
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Kitakyushu
— 1 night
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Nagato
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 1 day
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Miyoshi
— 2 nights
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Kurashiki
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 1 night
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Tottori
— 1 night
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Ine-cho
— 2 nights
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Asago
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kobe
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Otsu
— 1 night
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Nara
— 1 night
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
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Iga
— 1 night
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Ise
— 1 night
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Nachikatsura-cho
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Hakone-machi
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Kamogawa
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Tokyo
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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.
On the 15th (Sun), have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planner.

New Orleans, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ashikaga

— 1 night
Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. You've now added Ashikaga Flower Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Kurita Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park, explore the ancient world of Ruins of Ashikaga School, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banna-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ashikaga Orihime Jinjya.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Ashikaga trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Ashikaga in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ashikaga, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Hitachi.

Things to do in Ashikaga

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Hitachi

— 1 night
Hitachi is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. You've now added Hitachi Seaside Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll through Hitachi Seaside Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oiwa Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hitachi trip maker tool.

Take a train from Ashikaga to Hitachi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ashikaga in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 41°F in Hitachi. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Hitachi

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Yamagata

— 1 night
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, and then make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamagata tour planner.

Drive from Hitachi to Yamagata in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Hitachi in November, expect nights in Yamagata to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are slightly colder, around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanamaki.

Things to do in Yamagata

Museums · Historic Sites

Hanamaki

— 1 night
Hanamaki is a city in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 97,401, and a population density of 107 persons per km2, in 36,859 households. Your day by day itinerary now includes Osawa Onsen. On the 20th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Hanamaki Onsen Rose Garden, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Osawa Onsen, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamabuchi no Taki Fall, make a trip to Rasuchijin Kyokai, then examine the collection at Miyazawa Kenji Memorial, and finally see the interesting displays at Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tales Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hanamaki vacation planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Hanamaki in 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Hanamaki

Museums · Baths · Spas · Parks

Semboku

— 1 night
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 Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden as well as Kakunodate. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, and then wander the streets of Kakunodate.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Semboku trip planner.

You can drive from Hanamaki to Semboku in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Semboku are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inakadate-mura.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inakadate-mura

— 1 night
To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Inakadate-mura driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Inakadate-mura takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Inakadate-mura can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. You will leave for Hakodate on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Inakadate-mura

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Hakodate

— 1 night

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, wander the streets of Motomachi, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then appreciate the history behind Tadataka Ino Memorial Monument, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hakodate day trip website.

You can drive from Inakadate-mura to Hakodate in 6 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Sapporo

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, walk around Odori Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in November, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Biei-cho

— 1 night
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
You've now added Shirogane Blue Pond to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally stroll through Shikisai no Oka.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Biei-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Biei-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Biei-cho, with lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Wakkanai

— 1 night

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Cape Noshappu and then make a trip to Soya Misaki.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Wakkanai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Wakkanai can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Minakami-machi.
Highlights from your trip

Minakami-machi

— 1 night
Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
Takaragawa Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Doai Station, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Takaragawa Onsen, and then experience the excitement of Tanigawadake Ropeway.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Minakami-machi holiday maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wakkanai to Minakami-machi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Baths · Fun & Games · Spas

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Minakami-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife · Parks · Baths · Spas

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
You've now added Hirayu Fall to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hirayu Fall.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites

Miyazaki

— 1 night
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in panoramic vistas at Aoshima Bypass Outbound Parking Observation Deck, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, and finally explore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Miyazaki trip tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Miyazaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in November: high temperatures in Miyazaki hover around 67°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Baths

Okinawa City

— 1 night
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, then get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens, and finally stop by Kaboten no Mise Nakasone.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Okinawa City trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Okinawa City takes 27.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tatsugo-cho.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tatsugo-cho

— 1 night
Amami Oshima Tsumugimura has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Heart Rock, admire the masterpieces at Tanaka Isson Museum, stroll around Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Beach, then stop by Amami Oshima Tsumugimura, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Place You Can See Two Different Oceans.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tatsugo-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Okinawa City to Tatsugo-cho takes 13 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tatsugo-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki journey maker.

Traveling by car from Tatsugo-cho to Nagasaki takes 18.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tatsugo-cho in December, with highs in Nagasaki at 53°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Kitakyushu

— 1 night
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
You've now added Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): visit Mojiko Retro, then explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle, and then attend a local event at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kitakyushu trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kitakyushu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagato.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Events · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Nagato

— 1 night
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagato trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kitakyushu to Nagato takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nagato are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagato

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Hiroshima

— 1 day

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 7th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nagato to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Traveling from Nagato in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hiroshima, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Miyoshi

— 2 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Miune as well as Forest Adventure Iya Valley. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): hike along Mt. Miune, then appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, then kick your exploration up a notch at Forest Adventure Iya Valley, and finally snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Miyoshi trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Miyoshi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 38°F. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Kurashiki

— 2 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum and then get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kurashiki trip maker app.

Drive from Miyoshi to Kurashiki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Okayama

— 1 night
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Mall Okayama.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Okayama trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kurashiki to Okayama in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Okayama sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tottori.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Tottori

— 1 night
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tottori Sand Dunes. On the 12th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tottori Sand Dunes, and finally don't miss a visit to Tottori Castle Ruins.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tottori trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Okayama to Tottori in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ine-cho.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Ine-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): walk around Kasamatsu Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, and then steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Kaisenkyo Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Amanohashidate View Land, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motoise Konojinja Shrine, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kosaki Observatory.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ine-cho vacation builder.

You can drive from Tottori to Ine-cho in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ine-cho can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Asago.

Things to do in Ine-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Asago

— 1 night
Asago is a city located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Asago was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Asago absorbing the towns of Ikuno, Santō and Wadayama (all from Asago District).As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,248, with 12,355 households, and a population density of 82.52 persons per km². You've now added Takeda Castle Ruins to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ikuno Ginzan, then get outside with Ritsuun Gorge, and then don't miss a visit to Takeda Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, don't miss a visit to Awaga Shrine, stop by Yamajiro no Sato, go for a walk through Takeda Teramachi Street, then get to know the fascinating history of Mikobata Senkojo Mine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Muse Former Residence.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Asago trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ine-cho to Asago takes 2 hours. In December in Asago, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Asago

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
To plan Himeji vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Asago to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asago in December: highs in Himeji hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 42°F. You'll set off for Kobe on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 17th (Thu), soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe tour planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Baths · Spas

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Otsu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Otsu

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The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiyamadera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Otsu sightseeing planning tool.

Otsu is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December in Otsu, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites

Nara

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Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Nara Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple and then walk around Nara Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Otsu to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Koya-cho

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Koyasan Okunoin has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho online trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Iga.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Iga

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Iga is a city located in central Kii Peninsula, in the mountainous western Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of September 2012, the city has an estimated population of 95,137 and a population density of 170 persons per km2. To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iga sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Iga in 2.5 hours. December in Iga sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Iga

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Ise

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A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ise trip app.

You can drive from Iga to Ise in 1.5 hours. December in Ise sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Nachikatsura-cho

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The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nachi Mitaki Falls. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, then walk around Oishi Park, and finally make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip builder.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Hakone-machi

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Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You've now added Hakone Ropeway to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planning app.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kamogawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Kamogawa

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Beloved for its beaches, mild climate, and natural attractions, Kamogawa is a beautiful getaway right outside of Tokyo.
You've now added Oyama Rice Terraces to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Kamogawa Sea World and then stroll through Oyama Rice Terraces.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kamogawa trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kamogawa by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Kamogawa: highs are around 54°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamogawa

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Tokyo

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On the 29th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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

Getting from Kamogawa to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kamogawa in December, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

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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.

Mie Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Mie Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which is part of the Kansai region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Tsu.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Mie Prefecture was made up of Ise Province, Shima Province, Iga Province and part of Kii Province.Evidence of human habitation in Mie dates back more than 10,000 years. During the Jōmon and Yayoi periods, agricultural communities began to form along the river and coastal areas of the region. Ise Shrine is said to have been established during the Yayoi period, and in the 7th century the Saikū Imperial Residence was built in what is now Meiwa Town to serve as both a residence and administrative centre for the Saiō, an Imperial Princess who served as High Priestess of Ise Shrine.During the Edo period, the area now known as Mie Prefecture consisted of several feudal domains, each ruled by an appointed lord. Transport networks, including the Tokaido and Ise Roads, were built. Port towns such as Ohminato, Kuwana and Anōtsu, posting stations and castle towns flourished. Pilgrimages to Ise Shrine also became very popular.

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