37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
3
Sendai
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Yamagata
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kaminoyama
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Niigata
— 1 night
Drive
7
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Nakano
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
10
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Shin-Fuji(Shizuoka), Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Tokyo — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, &more). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, stroll around Yoyogi Park, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In December, Tokyo is colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:

Nikko — 2 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally make a trip to Nikko Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), then find something for the whole family at Tobu World Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Tobu Nikko Station.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko road trip tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Nikko to be a bit warmer, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a train to Sendai.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Sendai — 3 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Matsushima-machi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Godaido, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai trip website.

Take a train from Nikko to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Sendai, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Yamagata.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Yamagata — 2 nights

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peaks of the Zaos, make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Torikabuto, fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Yamagata castle, walk around Kajo Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Yamagata Kyodokan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yamagata driving holiday planner.

Drive from Sendai to Yamagata in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sendai in January: high temperatures in Yamagata hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kaminoyama.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Kaminoyama — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Shiroishi City Yajiro Kokeshi Village, get to know the resident critters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, make a trip to Yamabiko Tsuribashi, then get engrossed in the history at Kaminoyama Castle Local Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kaminoyama Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Kaminoyamahan Old Samurai House, examine the collection at Denkoku No Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uesugi Jinja Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Yonezawa Castle Ruins / Matsugasaki Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kaminoyama trip itinerary planning app.

Kaminoyama is very close to Yamagata. In January, daytime highs in Kaminoyama are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Niigata.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Niigata — 1 night

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 5th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, and finally look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Niigata day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kaminoyama to Niigata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kaminoyama in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Niigata, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Nozawaonsen-mura — 2 nights

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kenmeiji Temple, make a trip to Ogama, explore the striking landscape at Nozawaonsen Sotoyu Nakao Hot Spring, then head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then take in the pleasant sights at Uenodairakogen, and finally walk around Nanohana Park. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Togari Onsen Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Akakan Ski Area, get outside with Seki Onsen Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Myoko Ski Park, and finally stop by Michi-no-Eki Shinano.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura journey planning tool.

Drive from Niigata to Nozawaonsen-mura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Niigata in January since evenings lows in Nozawaonsen-mura dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nakano.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Nakano — 2 nights

Nakano is a city located in northern Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 43,573 and a population density of 388 persons per km². On the 8th (Sun), get outside with Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park, make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Oasis Obuse, stop by Obuse Highway Oasys, let little ones run wild at Obuse Comprehensive Park, then indulge your taste buds at Farmers Market Oranche, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurino Komichi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joko-ji Temple, then stroll around Takanashikan-ato Park, then see the interesting displays at Japan Clay Dolls Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joraku-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nakano online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Nakano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Matsumoto — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and finally stop by Nakamachi Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nakano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then browse the exhibits of Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and finally revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip builder site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fujikawaguchiko-machi when traveling from Matsumoto in January, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Kyoto — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:

Tokyo — 7 nights

Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in), Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 21st (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

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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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