60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City
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Yamanakako-mura
— 2 nights
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Kofu
— 2 nights
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Uchiko-cho
— 1 night
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Saijo
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Nagano
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Yonezawa
— 2 nights
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Tsuruoka
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Hakone-machi
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Gifu
— 3 nights
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Kobe
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Asago
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Ito
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Tokyo. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka

— 5 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

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

You can fly from Tokyo to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima visit planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and visit Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Otaru Canal in Otaru, approximately Otaru away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, and get great views at Sapporo TV Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo planning website.

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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 17th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Okinawa City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Explore your travel options from Sapporo to Okinawa City with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yamanakako-mura.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Yamanakako-mura

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Yamanaka, take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ishiwari, make a trip to Oshino Hakkai, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland and then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanakako-mura trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Yamanakako-mura. In February, daytime highs in Yamanakako-mura are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kofu.

Things to do in Yamanakako-mura

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kofu

— 2 nights
Old historic castles and Shinto shrines dominate the sightseeing in Kofu, a city fringed by mountains on all sides.
On the 20th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Takeda Shingen Statue, explore the world behind art at Shosenkyokageenomori Museum, appreciate the views at Shosenkyo, stroll around Maizuru Castle Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kofu Castle, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeda Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kofu trip planner.

Getting from Yamanakako-mura to Kofu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kofu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, look for gifts at Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, wander the streets of Dogo Onsengai, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Matsuyama Station, walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isaniwa Shrine, then admire the striking features of Bansuiso, and finally examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kofu to Matsuyama by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kofu in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Matsuyama: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Uchiko-cho

— 1 night
Uchiko is a town located in Kita District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.On January 1, 2005 the town of Ikazaki, from Kita District; and the town of Oda, from Kamiukena District, were merged into Uchiko.As of April 1, 2017 (after this merger), the town has an estimated population of 16,172 and a density of 54 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum, get engrossed in the history at Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, contemplate the long history of Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, examine the collection at Machiya Resource Center, then look for gifts at Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuge Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Uchiko-cho trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Uchiko-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Saijo.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Saijo

— 1 night
Saijō is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kamegamori Forest, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ishizuchi.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saijo online day trip planner.

Getting from Uchiko-cho to Saijo by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Saijo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Saijo

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, then take in the views from Kappa Bashi, and finally explore the activities along Taisho Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School and then identify plant and animal life at Norikura Kogen.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Saijo to Matsumoto takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Saijo in February; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then fly down the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, then identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nagano itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, daytime highs in Nagano are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yonezawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yonezawa

— 2 nights
Yonezawa is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Azuma Mountain Range, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Uesugi Family Byosho Graves, then get engrossed in the history at Keishoden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine, and finally make a trip to Yonezawa Castle Ruins / Matsugasaki Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Nishiazuma Sky Valley, don't miss a visit to Sumomoyama Tannan Yamanokami, see the interesting displays at Denkoku No Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toko no Sakagura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsugasaki Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yonezawa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Yonezawa takes 5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Yonezawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Scenic Drive

Tsuruoka

— 2 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: walk around Tsuruoka Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, and then see the interesting displays at Chido Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tsuruoka trip builder site.

Getting from Yonezawa to Tsuruoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then go for a walk through Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Tsuruoka to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tsuruoka in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hakone-machi, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Gifu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Gifu

— 3 nights
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Nagaragawa Ukai Museum, contemplate the long history of Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, then explore the historical opulence of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, then walk around Gifu Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kinka Ropeway. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Kinkazan Observatory, don't miss a visit to Inuyama Castle, admire the striking features of Kashimori Shrine, then stop by Yanagase, then take in panoramic vistas at Gifu City Tower 43 Observation Room, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Oda Nobunaga.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gifu trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Gifu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, you will find days in Gifu are somewhat warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Gifu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kobe route planner.

Getting from Gifu to Kobe by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Kobe, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Asago.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Asago

— 2 nights
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. On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Ikuno Ginzan, stop by Yamajiro no Sato, then get outside with Ritsuun Gorge, then don't miss a visit to Takeda Castle Ruins, and finally don't miss a visit to Awaga Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Tataragi Dam, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mikobata Senkojo Mine, then take in the pleasant sights at Takeda Teramachi Street, and finally stroll around Shirai Omachi Fuji Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Asago trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kobe to Asago in 2 hours. In March in Asago, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ito.

Things to do in Asago

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Ito

— 3 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at Izu Teddy Bear Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Izu Granpal Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Jogasaki Coast, then make a trip to Jogasaki Suspension Bridge, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Michi-no-Eki Ito Marine Town. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, take a memorable ride with Omuro Mountain Lift, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Omuro, get to know the resident critters at Izu Shaboten Zoo, then examine the collection at Izu Glass and Craft Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine.

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Drive from Asago to Ito in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ito when traveling from Asago in March, with lows around 11°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Nature · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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Yamanashi Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Yamanashi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the main island of Honshu.The prefecture is landlocked, featuring a fertile central valley, the Kōfu Basin, surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan including the highest, Mount Fuji located on the southern border with Shizuoka.The capital of the prefecture is the city of Kōfu.HistoryPre-history to the 14th centuryAs in most other Japanese regions, prehistoric society in Yamanashi progressed though the hunting, fishing and gathering stage of the Jōmon period, then the rice-producing stage of the Yayoi period and subsequent village and regional formation. The Maruyama and Choshizuka Kofun (earthen burial mounds) located on Sone Hill of Nakamichi Town (Southern Kōfu) are believed to have been built from the end of the 4th century. From these remains it can be assumed that the people of Sone Hill had great influence.During the Heian period, Kai Province was created in this area.15th to 19th centuriesAmong the many Kaigenji generations, those of the Takeda, Ogasawara, and Nanbu families were particularly prosperous. During the Sengoku period of the 16th century, Takeda Shingen attained the status of daimyō and built Tsuzuji Mansion and the Yōgai Castle in Kōfu. From this base, he attempted to unify and control Japan.

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Ehime Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Ehime Prefecture is a prefecture in northwestern Shikoku, Japan. The capital is Matsuyama.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, Ehime Prefecture was known as Iyo Province. Since before the Heian period, the area was dominated by fishermen and sailors who played an important role in defending Japan against pirates and Mongolian invasions.After the Battle of Sekigahara, the Tokugawa shogun gave the area to his allies, including Kato Yoshiaki who built Matsuyama Castle, forming the basis for the modern city of Matsuyama.The name Ehime comes from the kuniumi part of the Kojiki where Iyo Province is mythologically named Ehime "lovely princess."In 2012, a research group from the University of Tokyo and Ehime University said they had discovered rare earth deposits in Matsuyama.GeographyLocated in the northwestern part of Shikoku, Ehime faces the Seto Inland Sea to the north and is bordered by Kagawa and Tokushima in the east and Kōchi in the south.

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Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

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Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Shizuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.HistoryShizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.GeographyShizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

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