60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  28​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
8
Okinawa City
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
9
Yamanakako-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Kofu
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Uchiko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Saijo
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
14
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
15
Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
16
Yonezawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
17
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
18
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
19
Gifu
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
20
Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
21
Asago
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
22
Ito
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Sao Paulo

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, The Tower of the Sun
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji vacation builder website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kunimi no Mori Park, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Mt. Kuma
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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nights
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation maker tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Gokayama, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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nights
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.
When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Otaru Canal in Otaru, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

1
night
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 17th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Okinawa City road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Sapporo to Okinawa City with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yamanakako-mura.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Southeast Botanical Gardens ©
Southeast Botanical Gardens

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Yamanakako-mura

Yamanakako-mura ©
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Yamanaka, take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ishiwari, don't miss a visit to Oshino Hakkai, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen). On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland and then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yamanakako-mura trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Yamanakako-mura. February in Yamanakako-mura sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kofu.

Things to do in Yamanakako-mura

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Oshino Hakkai, Lake Kawaguchi, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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Kofu

Kofu ©
Old historic castles and Shinto shrines dominate the sightseeing in Kofu, a city fringed by mountains on all sides.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Takeda Shingen Statue, admire the masterpieces at Shosenkyokageenomori Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Shosenkyo, walk around Maizuru Castle Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kofu Castle, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Yasaburo Gongen, explore the world behind art at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeda Shrine.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kofu travel website .

Traveling by car from Yamanakako-mura to Kofu takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Kofu are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kofu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Spas
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Takeda Shrine ©
Takeda Shrine
Shosenkyo ©
Shosenkyo
Shosenkyokageenomori Museum ©
Shosenkyokageenomori Museum

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, look for gifts at Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, take a stroll through Dogo Onsengai, then make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Matsuyama Station, stroll around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isaniwa Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Bansuiso, and finally see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kofu to Matsuyama takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Kofu in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Matsuyama, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ehime Tobe Zoo
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

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Uchiko-cho

Uchiko-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum, explore the galleries of Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, then examine the collection at Machiya Resource Center, then stop by Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuge Shrine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uchiko-cho trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Matsuyama to Uchiko-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saijo.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Yuge Shrine ©
Yuge Shrine
Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum ©
Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum

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Saijo

Saijo ©
Saijō is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja, take in the awesome beauty at Kamegamori Forest, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ishizuchi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saijo trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Uchiko-cho to Saijo in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Saijo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Saijo

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Ishizuchi ©
Mt. Ishizuchi

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Matsumoto

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.
On the 26th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, then snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, and finally explore the activities along Taisho Pond. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School and then fly down the slopes at Norikura Kogen (Highland).

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

You can drive from Saijo to Matsumoto in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Saijo in February, expect Matsumoto to be slightly colder, temps between 4°C and -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, hit the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. On the next day, make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagano road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yonezawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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Yonezawa

Yonezawa ©
Yonezawa is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Azuma Mountain Range, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Uesugi Family Byosho Graves, then get engrossed in the history at Keishoden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine, and finally stroll around Yonezawa Castle Ruins / Matsugasaki Park. On your second day here, cruise along Nishiazuma Sky Valley, don't miss a visit to Sumomoyama Tannan Yamanokami, then see the interesting displays at Denkoku No Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toko no Sakagura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsugasaki Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yonezawa sightseeing planner .

Getting from Nagano to Yonezawa by car takes about 5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Yonezawa can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Yonezawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Uesugi Jinja Shrine ©
Uesugi Jinja Shrine
Onsen Resorts
Matsugasaki Shrine ©
Matsugasaki Shrine

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ideha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Tsuruoka Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Chido Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sakaishi Garden.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yonezawa to Tsuruoka takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway. On your second day here, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi attractions planner.

Drive from Tsuruoka to Hakone-machi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tsuruoka in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hakone-machi, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Gifu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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Gifu

Gifu ©
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Nagaragawa Ukai Museum, steep yourself in history at Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kinka, step into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, then stroll around Gifu Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kinka Ropeway. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kinkazan Observatory, explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, admire the striking features of Kashimori Shrine, then take a stroll through Yanagase, then take in panoramic vistas at Gifu City Tower 43 Observation Room, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gold Statue of Nobunaga Oda.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gifu online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Gifu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, expect nights in Gifu to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Gifu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Nagahama Castle Historical Museum
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Gifu Park ©
Gifu Park

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip planner.

Take a train from Gifu to Kobe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asago.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naruto
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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Asago

Asago ©
Asago is a city located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Asago was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Asago absorbing the towns of Ikuno, Santō and Wadayama (all from Asago District).As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,248, with 12,355 households, and a population density of 82.52 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ikuno Ginzan, stop by Yamajiro no Sato, then head outdoors with Ritsuun Gorge, then steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins, and finally make a trip to Awaga Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Tataragi Dam, then get to know the fascinating history of Mikobata Senkojo Mine, then take in the pleasant sights at Takeda Teramachi Street, and finally walk around Shirai Omachi Fuji Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Asago visit website .

Drive from Kobe to Asago in 2 hours. In March in Asago, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ito.

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Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
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Awaga Shrine
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Shirai Omachi Fuji Park

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Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Izu Teddy Bear Museum, enjoy some diversion at Izu Granpal Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jogasaki Coast, then take in the views from Jogasaki Suspension Bridge, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Michi-no-Eki Ito Marine Town. On the next day, examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Izu Shaboten Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Izu Glass and Craft Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine.

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Explore your travel options from Asago to Ito with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ito when traveling from Asago in March, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Izu, Kinomiya Shrine
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Mount Omuro
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Ikeda museum of 20th century art
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Izu Glass and Craft Museum

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