28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 10 nights
train:  1​h
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Takayama-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Chino
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kawakami-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Nagano
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Tokyo


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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, 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
nights
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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stone Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tomioka Silk Mill, take in the natural beauty of Tombo no Yu, 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.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi journey planner .

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

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tomioka Silk Mill, Onioshidashi Volcanic Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 29th (Sun), head outdoors with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, take in the natural beauty of Jigokudani Funsen, then head outdoors with Kusatsu International Ski Place, and finally stop by Kusatsu Glass Warehouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi online journey maker .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Karuizawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 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 up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kusatsu-machi
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then head outdoors with Akakan Ski Area, and finally explore the activities along Kiyotsu Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ogama, admire the verdant scenery at Byobu Iwa Park, then fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shonen-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura vacation maker .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 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) so you can travel to Takayama-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Takayama-mura

Takayama-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): hit the slopes at Manza Onsen Ski Place, then admire the sheer force of Kaminaridaki Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama-mura online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Takayama-mura takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Takayama-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

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): hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, trek along Shi no Komichi, head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then take a stroll through Hakuba, and finally gain insight at Happo-one Nature Study Course. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, then contemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond, and finally snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura route planner .

Drive from Takayama-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough 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
Happoone ©
Happoone
Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort ©
Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort

1
night
Kiso-machi

On the 5th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, fly down the slopes at Mia Ski Resort, then get outside with Kaidakogen Plateau, then head outdoors with Kisofukushima Ski Resort, and finally wander the streets of Kisofukushima.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kiso-machi trip planner .

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Kiso-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Chino.

Things to do in Kiso-machi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Spas

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Yokoya Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Otome Falls, fly down the slopes at Kurumayama Highland, then head outdoors with Pilatus Tateshina Ski Resort, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Barakura English Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Mishakaike Pond, explore the activities along Lake Shirakaba, then hit the slopes at Lake Shirakaba Royal Hill Ski Resort, and finally take a stroll through Tateshina.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chino sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kiso-machi to Chino takes 1.5 hours. In January in Chino, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kawakami-mura.

Things to do in Chino

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kurumayama Highland ©
Kurumayama Highland
Mishakaike Pond ©
Mishakaike Pond
Lake Shirakaba ©
Lake Shirakaba

2
nights
Kawakami-mura

Kawakami-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get outside with Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake, then admire the verdant scenery at Nishizawa Valley, then make a trip to Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchinotsurara), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsumine Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kawakami-mura trip planner .

Drive from Chino to Kawakami-mura in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chino in January, expect nights in Kawakami-mura to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Kawakami-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Myoko (Akakura Onsen Ski Area & Suginohara) and Thermal Spas (in Ueda). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, and make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Nagano travel planner.

You can drive from Kawakami-mura to Nagano in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Kawakami-mura, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagano, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

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
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

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