56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
3
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
4
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
7
Kochi
— 1 night
8
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
9
Okayama
— 2 nights
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
11
Kyoto
— 3 nights
12
Tokyo
— 2 nights
13
Niigata
— 2 nights
14
Nikko
— 2 nights
15
Sendai
— 2 nights
16
Akita
— 2 nights
17
Hakodate
— 2 nights
18
Sapporo
— 2 nights
19
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
20
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
21
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
22
Aomori
— 2 nights
23
Morioka
— 2 nights
24
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
25
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 25th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Sengan-en and then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kagoshima online travel planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kagoshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 27th (Tue), take in the views from Megane Bridge and then see the interesting displays at Dejima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, and then stop by Shinchi Chinatown.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Dejima ©
Dejima
Glover House and Office ©
Glover House and Office

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Fukuoka is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, and stroll through Ohori Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 31st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 2nd (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle) and then get great views at Dogo Onsen Sora no Sampomichi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Matsuyama itinerary maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle) ©
Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle)

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Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle and then make a trip to Harimaya Bridge. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Katurahama Aquarium, and then kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Kochi, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum ©
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum

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Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 6th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ritsurin Garden and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Takamatsu road trip tool.

You can drive from Kochi to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kochi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takamatsu, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 47°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Yashima ©
Yashima

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Shinkeien, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama online trip builder.

Take a train from Takamatsu to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Okayama, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. You'll set off for Osaka on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kurashiki
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Okayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Tokyo

Tokyo
For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will leave for Niigata on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sadokoku Ogi Minzoku Museum as well as Onogame. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Onogame and then see the interesting displays at Sadokoku Ogi Minzoku Museum. On the next day, walk around Yahiko Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, then stop by Pia Bandai, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Niigata trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Niigata takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Niigata hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Sado, Yahiko Park
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hakusan Shrine ©
Hakusan Shrine
Yahiko Park ©
Yahiko Park
Pia Bandai ©
Pia Bandai

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Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Nikko is known for historic sites, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip planning app.

You can drive from Niigata to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Niigata in November, Nikko is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Risshaku-ji Temple, Aoba Castle Museum and Sendai Uminomori Aquarium. On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sendai Uminomori Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sendai holiday site.

Take a train from Nikko to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Sendai, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Akita.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Risshaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Sendai Uminomori Aquarium ©
Sendai Uminomori Aquarium
Aoba Castle Museum ©
Aoba Castle Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, then see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, and finally hunt for treasures at Akita Public Market. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck, then see the interesting displays at Akita Akarenga Kyodokan, and finally don't miss a visit to Kawabata Street.

Plan trip to Akita with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Akita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Akita when traveling from Sendai in November, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Oga
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then stop by Motomachi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally let little ones run wild at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen).

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Akita to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. November in Hakodate sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
On the 26th (Thu), stroll around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower, walk around Nakajima Park, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then enjoy breathtaking views from Okurayama Lookout, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in November, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (42°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Inori No to Tower, don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, and then appreciate the history behind Nihon Saihokutan no Chi Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, stroll around Esandomarigyoko Park, then walk around Wakkanai Park, then don't miss a visit to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Wakkanai Fukuko Ichiba.

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

Drive from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November in Wakkanai, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Wakkanai Park ©
Wakkanai Park
Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium ©
Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium
Esandomarigyoko Park ©
Esandomarigyoko Park

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Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Patchwork no Michi, admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shirogane Blue Pond, then admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Asahikawa online trip maker.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Biei-cho
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally stroll around Sengen Park. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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

Drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in December, you will find days in Noboribetsu are somewhat warmer (37°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

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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 4th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Aomori Port, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Auga Fresh Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and finally snap pictures at Aomori Bay Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aomori trip maker.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Aomori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 28°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Morioka.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
A-FACTORY ©
A-FACTORY
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): visit Morioka Handi-Works Square, fly down the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, and then explore the world behind art at Iwate Museum of Art. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Shrine, walk around Iwate Park (Koen), buy something for everyone on your list at Fesan, then snap pictures at Kaiunbashi Bridge, and finally make a trip to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Morioka journey planning website.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Morioka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building ©
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Gotemba and see Gotemba Premium Outlets, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine, stroll through Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Morioka to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Morioka in December, expect Hakone-machi to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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Gotemba
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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Tokyo

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Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). See even more of Tokyo: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, stroll around Ueno Park, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and gear up at Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart.

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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. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

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Urayasu
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Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart
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Tokyo National Museum
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Edo-Tokyo Museum

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