9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 1 night

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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.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

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San Diego, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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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 15th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 50°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 17th (Sun), head outdoors with Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip maker app.

Drive from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 38°F and lows are around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen

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Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): hit the slopes at Togari Onsen Ski Resort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple, then make a trip to Amidado, then get outside with Nozawa Onsen, and finally hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 26°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Baths

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Togari Onsen Ski Resort ©
Togari Onsen Ski Resort

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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 19th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle.

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You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Matsumoto in 2 hours. January in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Matsumoto to Sapporo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 27°F to lows of 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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