28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 10 nights
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
4
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
5
Takayama-mura
— 1 night
6
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
7
Kiso-machi
— 1 night
8
Chino
— 2 nights
9
Kawakami-mura
— 2 nights
10
Nagano
— 3 nights

10
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama (Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo & Sankeien Gardens), Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder tool.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 26:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
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Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Stone Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tomioka Silk Mill, take in the natural beauty of Tombo no Yu, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, then take in the pleasant sights at Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi day trip planning app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Karuizawa-machi is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tomioka Silk Mill, Onioshidashi Volcanic Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori ©
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, hit the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, then take in the natural beauty of Jigokudani Funsen, then fly down the slopes at Kusatsu International Ski Place, and finally learn something new at Kusatsu Glass Warehouse.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Karuizawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kusatsu-machi
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Tue), fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Akakan Ski Area, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Kiyotsu Gorge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ogama, then admire the verdant scenery at Byobu Iwa Park, then fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shonen-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nozawaonsen-mura itinerary planner.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura in 1.5 hours. In December in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takayama-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Myoko, Iiyama, Kiyotsu Gorge
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Ogama ©
Ogama

1
night
Takayama-mura

Takayama-mura ©
On the 2nd (Thu), fly down the slopes at Manza Onsen Ski Place, then admire the sheer force of Kaminaridaki Falls, and then hit the slopes at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama-mura route app.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Takayama-mura takes 1.5 hours. In January in Takayama-mura, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Takayama-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Manza Onsen Ski Place
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kaminaridaki Falls ©
Kaminaridaki Falls

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): head outdoors with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, head outdoors with Shi no Komichi, fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then wander the streets of Hakuba, and finally hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, hit the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, then take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, then explore the activities along Happo Pond, and finally snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Takayama-mura to Hakuba-mura takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kiso-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden
Happoone ©
Happoone

1
night
Kiso-machi

Kiso-machi
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at Mia Ski Resort, get outside with Kaidakogen Plateau, then fly down the slopes at Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, and finally take a stroll through Kisofukushima.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kiso-machi using our trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Kiso-machi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chino.

Things to do in Kiso-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

2
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Chino

Chino ©
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Yokoya Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Otome Falls, fly down the slopes at Kurumayama Highland, then hit the slopes at Pilatus Tateshina Ski Resort, and finally admire the natural beauty at Barakura English Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Mishakaike Pond, then stroll through Lake Shirakaba, then get outside with Lake Shirakaba Royal Hill Ski Resort, and finally take a stroll through Tateshina.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chino trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kiso-machi to Chino in 1.5 hours. January in Chino sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kawakami-mura.

Things to do in Chino

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Kurumayama Highland ©
Kurumayama Highland
Mishakaike Pond ©
Mishakaike Pond
Lake Shirakaba ©
Lake Shirakaba

2
nights
Kawakami-mura

Kawakami-mura ©
On the 8th (Wed), head outdoors with Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake, admire the verdant scenery at Nishizawa Valley, then don't miss a visit to Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchinotsurara), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kawakami-mura online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Chino to Kawakami-mura in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Chino, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kawakami-mura, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Kawakami-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chichibu, Nishizawa Valley, Koumi Reex Ski Valley, Misuzuike
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake ©
Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake
Nishizawa Valley ©
Nishizawa Valley

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagano: Myoko (Akakura Onsen Ski Area & Suginohara) and Thermal Spas (in Ueda). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano road trip tool.

You can drive from Kawakami-mura to Nagano in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kawakami-mura in January: highs in Nagano hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Myoko, Thermal Spas
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Akakura Onsen Ski Area ©
Akakura Onsen Ski Area
Suginohara ©
Suginohara
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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