60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Aomori
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Aomori
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Fukaura-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Noshiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Akita
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Semboku
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Morioka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Miyako
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Hachimantai
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Kosaka-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
13
Mutsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
14
Oma-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
15
Mutsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
16
Noheji-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
17
Sendai
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
18
Obanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
19
Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
20
Kaminoyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
21
Zao-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
22
Fukushima
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
23
Koriyama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
24
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
25
Niigata
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
26
Sado
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
27
Yuzawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
28
Minakami-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
29
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Goshogawara (Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan & Shayokan). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Site, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aomori trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Hakodate Airport. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Goshogawara, Hakkoda Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Tachineputa No Yakata, trek along Mt. Iwaki Lifts, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwaki, and finally look for gifts at Noichigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, steep yourself in history at Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum, then steep yourself in history at Former Hirosaki City Library, then stroll around Hirosaki Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki trip site.

Take a train from Aomori to Hirosaki in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Fukaura-machi.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tachineputa No Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Mt. Iwaki ©
Mt. Iwaki

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Fukaura-machi

Fukaura-machi ©
On the 19th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shunkozan Engakuji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Juniko Eco Museum Center Kokyokan.

Plan my trip to Fukaura-machi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Fukaura-machi takes 2 hours. October in Fukaura-machi sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Noshiro.

Things to do in Fukaura-machi

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Shunkozan Engakuji Temple ©
Shunkozan Engakuji Temple

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Noshiro

Noshiro ©
Noshiro is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 54,576, and a population density of 128 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the striking features of Kaneyu, then get advice or help at Noshiro Basketball Library & Museum, and then make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Minehama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao, then take in the pleasant sights at Nyudozaki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unsho-ji Temple, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Noshiro Energy Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Noshiro trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Fukaura-machi to Noshiro in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akita.

Things to do in Noshiro

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Oga, Michi-no-Eki Minehama, Nanohana Road
Highlights from your plan
Oga Aquarium Gao ©
Oga Aquarium Gao
Nyudozaki ©
Nyudozaki
Kaneyu ©
Kaneyu

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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 22nd (Thu), browse the different shops at Akita Station Building Topico and then explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Akita Akarenga Kyodokan, admire the striking features of Michi-no-Eki Akita Port, then examine the collection at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Akita trip planning app.

You can drive from Noshiro to Akita in 1.5 hours. In October in Akita, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Oga
Highlights from your plan
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Senshu Park ©
Senshu Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley, stop by Ando Brewery Kajoan, get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, then stop by Samurai District, and finally go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi.

You can plan Semboku trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Akita to Semboku by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. October in Semboku sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Dakigaeri Valley ©
Dakigaeri Valley

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Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Shrine. Keep things going the next day: stop by Morioka Handi-Works Square, experience rural life at Koiwai Farm, then admire the masterpieces at Iwate Museum of Art, then stroll around Iwate Park (Koen), and finally don't miss a visit to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Morioka trip maker.

Getting from Semboku to Morioka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, daytime highs in Morioka are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Miyako.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Koiwai Farm
Highlights from your plan
Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Koiwai Farm ©
Koiwai Farm
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building ©
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building

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Miyako

Miyako ©
Miyako is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 54,573, and a population density of 43.3 persons per km2. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Jodogahama Natural Pathway, enjoy the sand and surf at Jodogahama Beach, don't miss a visit to Gyosai Market, then explore the striking landscape at Ryusendo Limestone Cave, and finally don't miss a visit to Taro Kanko Hotel.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Miyako day trip website.

Traveling by car from Morioka to Miyako takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Miyako can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Miyako

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tono, Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Highlights from your plan
Jodogahama  Beach ©
Jodogahama Beach
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Denshoen ©
Denshoen

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Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
On the 31st (Sat), look for gifts at Aspite, head outdoors with Hachimantai Asupite line, don't miss a visit to Hachimandaira Promenade Peak, then take in panoramic vistas at Gentamori Observatory, then hit the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

Plan my Hachimantai trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Miyako to Hachimantai by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Hachimantai, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mt. Iwate
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Iwate ©
Mt. Iwate
Gentamori Observatory ©
Gentamori Observatory
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort

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Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
On the 1st (Sun), browse the different shops at Hasshoku Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hachinohe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hachimantai to Hachinohe takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hachinohe can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kosaka-machi.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hasshoku Center ©
Hasshoku Center

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Kosaka-machi

Kosaka-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, and then appreciate the history behind Statue of Maidens. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Kosaka Mine Office, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Towada, and then see the sky in a new way at Hakka Pass Observatory.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kosaka-machi tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Hachinohe to Kosaka-machi in 2 hours. Traveling from Hachinohe in November, plan for little chillier nights in Kosaka-machi, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Kosaka-machi

Parks Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Towada, Lake Towada
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Lake Towada ©
Lake Towada

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Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kabushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Kabushima Island, then kick back and relax at Tanesashi Coast, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachinohe Yatai Village Mirokuyokocho.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hachinohe route planner.

Traveling by car from Kosaka-machi to Hachinohe takes 2 hours. Traveling from Kosaka-machi in November, Hachinohe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Parks Beaches Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tanesashi Coast ©
Tanesashi Coast
Kabushima Shrine ©
Kabushima Shrine

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Mutsu

Mutsu ©
Mutsu is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 59,807, and a population density of 69.2 persons per km², in 29,304 households. To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Mutsu trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hachinohe to Mutsu takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Mutsu can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oma-machi.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Osorezan ©
Osorezan

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Oma-machi

Oma-machi ©
To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Oma-machi road trip planning tool.

Getting from Mutsu to Oma-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oma-machi when traveling from Mutsu in November, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Oma-machi

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Omazaki  Cape ©
Omazaki Cape

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Mutsu

Mutsu ©
To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mutsu journey planner.

Traveling by car from Oma-machi to Mutsu takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Oma-machi in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 43°F in Mutsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Noheji-machi.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Osorezan ©
Osorezan

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Noheji-machi

Noheji-machi ©
To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Noheji-machi day trip planning tool.

Drive from Mutsu to Noheji-machi in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mutsu in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Noheji-machi, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Noheji-machi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Atago Park ©
Atago Park

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sendai: Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama), Matsushima-machi (Fukuurajima, Matsushima Bay, &more) and Umanose (in Rifu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple, make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, and contemplate the long history of Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sendai, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Noheji-machi to Sendai by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Noheji-machi in November, things will get a bit warmer in Sendai: highs are around 53°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine, Umanose
Highlights from your plan
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

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Obanazawa

Obanazawa ©
Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Ginzan Onsen, get to know the fascinating history of Ginzan Yuhodo, and then stroll around Shirogane Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Obanazawa travel planner.

You can drive from Sendai to Obanazawa in 2 hours. Traveling from Sendai in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Obanazawa, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Okura-mura
Highlights from your plan
Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen
Onsen Resorts
Shirogane Park ©
Shirogane Park

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Sankyo Soko Storehouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Chidokan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, then steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Obanazawa to Tsuruoka takes 1.5 hours. In November in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kaminoyama.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Gassan, Sankyo Soko Storehouse
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

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Kaminoyama

Kaminoyama ©
Kaminoyama is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, in the northern Tohoku region of Japan.As of October 2015, the city had an estimated population of 31,476 and a population density of 131 persons per km2. Get out of town with these interesting Kaminoyama side-trips: Yamagata (Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Thermal Spas, &more), Takahata Winery (in Takahata-machi) and Yonezawa (Uesugi Family Byosho Graves & Yonezawa Castle Ruins / Matsugasaki Park). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan, make a trip to Kaminoyamahan Old Samurai House, see the interesting displays at Kaisendo, and do a tasting at Takeda Winery.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kaminoyama trip builder app.

Drive from Tsuruoka to Kaminoyama in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kaminoyama are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Kaminoyama

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamagata, Yonezawa, Takahata Winery
Highlights from your plan
Kajo Park ©
Kajo Park
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Bunshokan ©
Bunshokan

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Zao-machi

Zao-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kessan-ji Temple. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to O-torii, explore the striking landscape at Okama Crater, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, then explore the historical opulence of Shiroishi Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sennenji Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zao-machi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaminoyama to Zao-machi takes 1.5 hours. In November in Zao-machi, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fukushima.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shiroishi, Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park
Highlights from your plan
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Mt. Katta ©
Mt. Katta

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Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Explore Fukushima's surroundings by going to Numajiri Kogen (in Inawashiro-machi) and Nihonmatsu (The ruins of Nihonmatsu Castle, Mount Adatara, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Azuma Kofuji, appreciate the views at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, stroll around Chayanuma Park, and take a memorable drive along Bandai-Azuma Skyline.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Fukushima trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Zao-machi to Fukushima in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Fukushima are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Koriyama.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nihonmatsu, Numajiri Kogen
Highlights from your plan
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Mount Adatara ©
Mount Adatara
Chayanuma Park ©
Chayanuma Park

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Koriyama

Koriyama ©
Kōriyama is a city in central Fukushima Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 329,339 and a population density of 435 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): walk around Kaiseiyama Park, get curious at Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park, and then browse the different shops at Molti.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Koriyama day trip planning site.

You can drive from Fukushima to Koriyama in an hour. November in Koriyama sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Koriyama

Parks Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kaiseiyama Park ©
Kaiseiyama Park
Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle. On your second day here, stop by Aizu Shurakukan, don't miss a visit to Nanokamachidori, admire the landmark architecture of Aizu Old Samurai Residences, take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sazaedo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aizuwakamatsu trip planner.

You can drive from Koriyama to Aizuwakamatsu in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Niigata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Change things up with these side-trips from Niigata: Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Shrine & Yahikoyama Panorama Tower). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, savor the flavors at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, and visit Pia Bandai.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Niigata vacation planner.

Drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Niigata in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Niigata sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sado.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Yahiko-mura
Highlights from your plan
Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station

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Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll around Toki no Mori Park, visit Sado Steamship, explore the activities along Senkakuwan, then contemplate the long history of Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park, take a stroll through Shukunegi, and then step off the mainland to explore Yajima/Kyojima.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sado trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Niigata to Sado in 3.5 hours. December in Sado sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yuzawa.

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Toki no Mori Park ©
Toki no Mori Park
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine ©
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine
Senkakuwan ©
Senkakuwan

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Yuzawa

Yuzawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Kawarage Oyutaki Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kawarage Jigoku, take some stellar pictures from Oyasukyo Daifunto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Ishida Rikichi House, then get in on the family fun at Akita Furusatomura, and finally don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Jumonji.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yuzawa visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sado to Yuzawa takes 8 hours. Traveling from Sado in December, expect Yuzawa to be a bit cooler, temps between 38°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yuzawa

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Yokote
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Akita Furusatomura ©
Akita Furusatomura
Oyasukyo Daifunto ©
Oyasukyo Daifunto

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then experience the excitement of Tanigawadake Ropeway. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Fukiwarenotaki Falls, then make a trip to Takumi no Sato, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at MTB Japan Adventure Tours.

Plan trip to Minakami-machi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Yuzawa to Minakami-machi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

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Fukiwarenotaki Falls
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River Rafting & Tubing
Fukiwarenotaki Falls ©
Fukiwarenotaki Falls
Tanigawadake Ropeway ©
Tanigawadake Ropeway

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Minakami-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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