6 days in Japan Itinerary

6 days in Japan Itinerary

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6 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  4 h
3
Yamagata
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Sendai
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Akita
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Aomori
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

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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.
On the 25th (Wed), take a stroll through Odaiba and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aizuwakamatsu.

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Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama, don't miss a visit to Sazaedo, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle and then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Aizuwakamatsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yamagata.

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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 28th (Sat), hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yamagata holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Yamagata can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites Spas Winter Sports
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Thermal Spas
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 28th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Sendai Station.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sendai road trip tool .

Getting from Yamagata to Sendai by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yamagata in December, with highs in Sendai at 8°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Akita.
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Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station

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Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
On the 29th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, explore the world behind art at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art, pause for some photo ops at Our Lady of Akita, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seitai Hoshikai, and finally examine the collection at Mining Museum of Akita University.

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You can take a train from Sendai to Akita in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in December, expect Akita to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aomori.

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Museums Historic Sites
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Mining Museum of Akita University ©
Mining Museum of Akita University
Seitai Hoshikai ©
Seitai Hoshikai
Our Lady of Akita ©
Our Lady of Akita

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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aomori journey planner .

Getting from Akita to Aomori by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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Historic Sites
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Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site

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