19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Niigata
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Joetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Yuzawa-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
4
Aomori
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Morioka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Miyako
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sendai
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, then stop by Ponshukan Niigata-station South, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marinepia Nihonkai, then don't miss a visit to The Old Saito Residence, then make a trip to Niigata Nippo Media Ship, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Niigata is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Niigata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November; daily highs in Niigata reach 15°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Joetsu.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Yahiko Shrine
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Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai
Bandai Bridge ©
Bandai Bridge
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine

1
night
Joetsu

Joetsu ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the striking features of Rinsen-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kasugayama Castle Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasugayama Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret, and finally walk around Takada Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Joetsu journey planner.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Joetsu takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Joetsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Takada Park ©
Takada Park
Kasugayama Shrine ©
Kasugayama Shrine

2
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hit the slopes at Naeba Ski Resort, then make a trip to Gangidori, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the next day, stroll through Kagura Ski Resort, then explore the striking landscape at Yuzawa Kogen, and then make a trip to Ponshukan.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yuzawa-machi trip planner .

Drive from Joetsu to Yuzawa-machi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort
Gangidori ©
Gangidori
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hirosaki (Hirosaki Park & Hirosaki Castle), Towada (Choshi Otaki Waterfall & Oirase Mountain Stream) and Neputa Display Hall (in Hirakawa). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, don't miss a visit to Aomori Bay Bridge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Manjufukashi, and get answers to all your questions at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aomori travel planning site .

You can take a train from Yuzawa-machi to Aomori in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Aomori sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Towada, Neputa Display Hall
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins

2
nights
Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the striking features of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Shrine, buy something for everyone on your list at Fesan, then stroll around Iwate Park (Koen), and finally make a trip to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, experience rural life at Koiwai Farm, and then snap pictures at Kaiunbashi Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Morioka trip maker website .

You can take a train from Aomori to Morioka in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Miyako.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks Winter Sports Nature

Side Trips

Koiwai Farm, Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Koiwai Farm ©
Koiwai Farm
Rock-breaking Cherry Tree ©
Rock-breaking Cherry Tree

1
night
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 9th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Todogasaki, don't miss a visit to Taro Kanko Hotel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jodogahama Natural Pathway, and finally kick back and relax at Jodogahama Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyako trip planner.

Drive from Morioka to Miyako in 2 hours. December in Miyako sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Miyako

Beaches Nature Outdoors
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Jodogahama  Beach ©
Jodogahama Beach

2
nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 10th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Motsuji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then explore the galleries of Sankozo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Konjiki-do. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Gembi Valley, then look for gifts at Kakkoya, then see the interesting displays at Miyazawa Kenji Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Amenimo Makezu Poem Monument of Kenji Miyazawa.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Miyako to Hiraizumi-cho in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hiraizumi-cho are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ichinoseki, Hanamaki
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Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple

4
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Risshaku-ji Temple (in Yamagata), Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Entsu-in Temple, & more) and Okama Crater (in Zao-machi). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, make a trip to Sendai Station, and sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sendai trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in December, expect Sendai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 8°C and 5°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Risshaku-ji Temple, Okama Crater
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden