53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 12 nights
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Karuizawa-machi
— 7 nights
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Iiyama
— 1 night
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 15 nights
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Osaka
— 9 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more), Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., Lake Kawaguchi, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker website.

Trieste, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Trieste to Tokyo is 8 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 12:

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karuizawa-machi: Ogano-machi (Kannon-in Temple, Marugami Falls, &more), Takayama-mura (Kaminaridaki Falls & Matsukawa Valley) and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, stop by Nakatsu River, take in the dramatic scenery at Fudo Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sentoji Temple.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Karuizawa-machi at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Iiyama.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 19:

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Iiyama

Iiyama is a city located in northern Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 20,989 and a population density of 104 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center, walk around Nanohana Park, then make a trip to Amidado, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Iiyama trip planner.

You can drive from Karuizawa-machi to Iiyama in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Iiyama can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Iiyama

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): hike along Kitaone Kogen Highland, contemplate the long history of Ushikata Inn, visit Hakuba Jump Arena, then hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Iiyama to Hakuba-mura takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Matsumoto

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts), Hachimen Daio Ashiyu (in Azumino) and Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo (in Shimosuwa-machi). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Naraijuku, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kametaya Sake Brewery.

Discover how to plan a Matsumoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

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Nagiso-machi

Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall, admire the sheer force of Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, then trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wakihonjin Okuya. On the next day, appreciate the views at Atera Valley, then appreciate the views at Kakizore Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Ontake Shrine.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Nagiso-machi online travel route planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaki Shrine (in Taga-cho), Hikone (Hikone Castle & Myosho-ji Temple) and Kora-cho (Saimyo-ji Temple & Saimyo-ji Temple 3 Storey Tower). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation builder site.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nagiso-machi in December, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 11:

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Nara (Kasugayama, Gokoin, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a memorable drive along Hara Hirone Road, and stroll around Minoo Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 20:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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