46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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46 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  18​h
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Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Ashikaga
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Hitachi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Yamagata
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hanamaki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Semboku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Inakadate-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Biei-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Wakkanai
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
12
Minakami-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
14
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
15
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
16
Miyazaki
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
17
Okinawa City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
18
Tatsugo-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
19
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
20
Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
21
Nagato
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
22
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
23
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
24
Kurashiki
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
25
Okayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
26
Tottori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
27
Ine-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
28
Asago
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
29
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
30
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
31
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  15​min
32
Otsu
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
33
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
34
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
35
Iga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
36
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
37
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
38
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
39
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
40
Kamogawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
41
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: New Orleans

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meguro River, Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai). Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker.

New Orleans, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New Orleans to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in November, Tokyo is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) ©

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Ashikaga

Ashikaga ©
Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ashikaga Flower Park. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Kurita Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Ashikaga Flower Park, then make a trip to Ruins of Ashikaga School, then steep yourself in history at Banna-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ashikaga Orihime Jinjya.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ashikaga trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Ashikaga in 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Ashikaga are little chillier (55°F), and nights are about the same (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
Highlights from your plan
Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Kurita Museum ©
Kurita Museum
Ruins of Ashikaga School ©
Ruins of Ashikaga School

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Hitachi

Hitachi ©
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): admire the natural beauty at Hitachi Seaside Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oiwa Shrine.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hitachi visit website .

You can drive from Ashikaga to Hitachi in 2 hours. Traveling from Ashikaga in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hitachi, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Hitachi

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hitachi Seaside Park
Highlights from your plan
Oiwa Shrine ©
Oiwa Shrine
Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park

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Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, and then make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yamagata trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Hitachi to Yamagata takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Hitachi in November, you will find days in Yamagata are a bit cooler (52°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanamaki.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao
Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall ©
Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall

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Hanamaki

Hanamaki ©
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. Osawa Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hanamaki Onsen Rose Garden, soak in some Japanese tradition at Osawa Onsen, admire the sheer force of Kamabuchi no Taki Fall, don't miss a visit to Rasuchijin Kyokai, then examine the collection at Miyazawa Kenji Memorial, and finally examine the collection at Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tales Village.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hanamaki trip itinerary maker.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hanamaki

Museums Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Miyazawa Kenji Memorial ©
Miyazawa Kenji Memorial
Hanamaki Onsen Rose Garden ©
Hanamaki Onsen Rose Garden

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden as well as Kakunodate. On the 25th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, then steep yourself in history at Ishiguro Samurai House, and then take a stroll through Kakunodate.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Semboku vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Hanamaki to Semboku takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inakadate-mura.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
Highlights from your plan
Kakunodate ©
Kakunodate
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden ©
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden

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Inakadate-mura

Inakadate-mura
For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Inakadate-mura online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Semboku to Inakadate-mura in 2.5 hours. In November in Inakadate-mura, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off to Hakodate.

Things to do in Inakadate-mura

Parks Historic Sites Spas

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Dozo, stroll around Goryokaku Park, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, stop by Motomachi, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then pause for some photo ops at Tadataka Ino Memorial Monument, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inakadate-mura to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, walk around Odori Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hakodate in November: highs in Sapporo hover around 42°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

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Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shirogane Blue Pond. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, then admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Shikisai no Oka.

For photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Biei-cho road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Biei-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sapporo in November since evenings lows in Biei-cho dip to 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
Highlights from your plan
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
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.
On the 26th (Thu), make a trip to Cape Noshappu and then make a trip to Soya Misaki.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wakkanai visit planner.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Wakkanai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in November, and nighttime lows around 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 plan
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu

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Minakami-machi

Minakami-machi ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takaragawa Onsen. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Doai Station, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Takaragawa Onsen, and then experience the excitement of Tanigawadake Ropeway.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Minakami-machi using our trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wakkanai to Minakami-machi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Fun & Games Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tanigawadake Ropeway ©
Tanigawadake Ropeway
Doai Station ©
Doai Station

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You've now added Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibuyu Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Minakami-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. November in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Baths
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Shibuyu Shrine ©
Shibuyu Shrine

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Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Hirayu Fall has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya and then admire the sheer force of Hirayu Fall.

Plan trip to Takayama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 23rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Yamagata to Kanazawa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Yamagata in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in panoramic vistas at Aoshima Bypass Outbound Parking Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, and finally don't miss a visit to Onino Sentakuita.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki trip planner.

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 somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in November: high temperatures in Miyazaki hover around 67°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine
Onino Sentakuita ©
Onino Sentakuita

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Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, then find something for the whole family at Southeast Botanical Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Kaboten no Mise Nakasone.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Okinawa City trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Miyazaki to Okinawa City with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tatsugo-cho.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Onna-son
Highlights from your plan
Southeast Botanical Gardens ©
Southeast Botanical Gardens
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Tatsugo-cho

Tatsugo-cho ©
Amami Oshima Tsumugimura has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Heart Rock, admire the masterpieces at Tanaka Isson Museum, stroll around Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Beach, then stop by Amami Oshima Tsumugimura, and finally get great views at The Place You Can See Two Different Oceans.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tatsugo-cho online trip builder .

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

Side Trip

Amami
Highlights from your plan
Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park ©
Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park
Tanaka Isson Museum ©
Tanaka Isson Museum
Tomori Beach ©
Tomori Beach

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Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki attractions tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tatsugo-cho to Nagasaki. Plan for slightly colder 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) so you can take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, make a trip to Kokura Castle, and then take in some culture at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kitakyushu trip app .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kitakyushu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nagato.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Events Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro
Kokura Castle ©
Kokura Castle

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Nagato

Nagato
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nagato trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Kitakyushu to Nagato in 2 hours. In December in Nagato, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 7th (Mon), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagato

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
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. On the 9th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Mt. Miune, then admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, then kick your exploration up a notch at Forest Adventure Iya Valley, and finally take in the views from Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyoshi trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Miyoshi by car takes about 3.5 hours. December in Miyoshi sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Miune ©
Mt. Miune
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Iyakei Valley ©
Iyakei Valley

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Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
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): examine the collection at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum and then revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kurashiki road trip planner .

Drive from Miyoshi to Kurashiki in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kurashiki are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum

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Okayama

Okayama ©
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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Okayama.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Okayama online tour itinerary planner .

Okayama is just a short distance from Kurashiki. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tottori.

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Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

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Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
You've now added Tottori Sand Dunes to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakuto Shrine, then explore the galleries of The Sand Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, and finally don't miss a visit to Tottori Castle Ruins.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tottori journey maker tool .

Getting from Okayama to Tottori by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In December in Tottori, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ine-cho.

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Hakuto Shrine ©
Hakuto Shrine
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
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The Sand Museum

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Ine-cho

Ine-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): walk around Kasamatsu Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amanohashidate, and then contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya. On your second day here, take in the views from Kaisenkyo Bridge, find something for the whole family at Amanohashidate View Land, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Motoise Konojinja Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kosaki Observatory.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ine-cho trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Tottori to Ine-cho takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Asago.

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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Amanohashidate View Land ©
Amanohashidate View Land

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Asago

Asago ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Ikuno Ginzan, then head outdoors with Ritsuun Gorge, and then steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): stroll around Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, don't miss a visit to Awaga Shrine, look for gifts at Yamajiro no Sato, then take in the pleasant sights at Takeda Teramachi Street, then go deep underground at Mikobata Senkojo Mine, and finally admire the striking features of Muse Former Residence.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Asago attractions planner .

You can drive from Ine-cho to Asago in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Asago are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Himeji.

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Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Awaga Shrine ©
Awaga Shrine
Shirai Omachi Fuji Park ©
Shirai Omachi Fuji Park

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Himeji

Himeji
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.
Himeji Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then make a trip to Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji online vacation maker .

You can take a train from Okayama to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Okayama in December, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

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Historic Sites Parks Museums

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Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kobe route planner.

Kobe is very close to Himeji. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Tenjuan Garden, Daigo-ji Temple Goju Tower and Arashiyama. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Otsu.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
You've now added Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, then 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 where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Otsu online itinerary maker .

Otsu is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. December in Otsu sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Nara.

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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple
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Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)

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Nara

Nara ©
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 look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Otsu to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
You've now added Koyasan Okunoin to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nara to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Iga.

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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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Iga

Iga ©
Before you visit Iga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Koya-cho to Iga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.

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Iga Ueno Castle ©
Iga Ueno Castle
Moku Moku Farm ©
Moku Moku Farm
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum ©
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum

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Ise

Ise ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Ise journey website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Nachi Mitaki Falls has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, then see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, then stroll around Oishi Park, and finally make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find more things to do, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Ropeway. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kamogawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

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Kamogawa

Kamogawa ©
Beloved for its beaches, mild climate, and natural attractions, Kamogawa is a beautiful getaway right outside of Tokyo.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oyama Rice Terraces. On the 28th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Kamogawa Sea World and then identify plant and animal life at Oyama Rice Terraces.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Kamogawa attractions planning app .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kamogawa in 3 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect Kamogawa to be a bit warmer, temps between 54°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamogawa

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Oyama Rice Terraces ©
Oyama Rice Terraces
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 29th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner .

You can drive from Kamogawa to Tokyo in 2 hours. Traveling from Kamogawa in December, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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