60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Abashiri
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Hirosaki
— 2 nights
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Akita
— 1 night
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
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Matsushima-machi
— 2 nights
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Yamagata
— Few hours
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
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Sado
— 3 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Yokohama
— 1 night
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Obuse-machi
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Inuyama
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Gifu
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— Few hours
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Koya-cho
— Few hours
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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Seikatei as well as Hokkaido Jingu. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kan Yausda Sculpture Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then take an in-depth tour of Karafuto Kankei Museum, and finally make a trip to Seikatei.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo tour itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport and Hakodate Airport. In September, daytime highs in Sapporo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Seikatei ©
Seikatei

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Wakkanai Karafuto Museum and then contemplate the long history of Former Seto House.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai attractions planner.

Drive from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Former Seto House ©
Former Seto House

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Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Abashiri Prison Museum, Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, Abashiri Shrine, and other attractions you added. On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Ubaranai Sango-so Colony, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eisen-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abashiri Shrine. On your second day here, examine the collection at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, and then make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Abashiri trip planner.

Getting from Wakkanai to Abashiri by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Abashiri are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Abashiri

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Abashiri Shrine ©
Abashiri Shrine
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You've now added Noboribetsu Date Historic Village to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Abashiri to Noboribetsu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
You've added Goryokaku Dozo, Old British Consulate of Hakodate, Motomachi Catholic Church, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Hakodate sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Hirosaki.

Things to do in Hakodate

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
Hakodate Orthodox Church ©
Hakodate Orthodox Church

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Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Choshoji Temple as well as Hirosaki Castle. On the 12th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Hirosaki City Library, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aomori Prefecture Gokoku Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Ishiba Residence, and finally don't miss a visit to Nakacho Traditional Samurai House Preservation Area.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hirosaki online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Hirosaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Akita.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Former Hirosaki City Library ©
Former Hirosaki City Library
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple

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Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Ruins of Akita Castle as well as Iyataka Shrine. On the 14th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of The Satake Historical Material Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iyataka Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Akita trip planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Akita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Akita

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
The Ruins of Akita Castle ©
The Ruins of Akita Castle
Akita Senshu Museum of Art ©
Akita Senshu Museum of Art
The Satake Historical Material Museum ©
The Satake Historical Material Museum

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Semboku

Semboku ©
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, Kakunodate Birch Textile Museum and Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read Semboku online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Akita to Semboku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Semboku are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Takkoku no Iwaya, Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center and Motsu-ji Temple. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Sankozo, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple

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Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Fukuurajima has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kyohei Fujita Glass Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kanrantei, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenrin-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, then examine the collection at Matsushima Retro Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Godaido.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsushima-machi trip site.

Drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Matsushima-machi in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in September since evenings lows in Matsushima-machi dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Yamagata.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Zuiganji ©
Zuiganji
Godaido ©
Godaido

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Yamagata

Yamagata
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yamagata sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Matsushima-machi to Yamagata in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Matsushima-machi in September, Yamagata is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Iimoriyama has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Sazaedo and then get to know the fascinating history of Iimoriyama.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aizuwakamatsu attractions website.

Drive from Yamagata to Aizuwakamatsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Aizuwakamatsu, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Sado.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mano Goryo as well as Myosenji Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myosenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daizen Shrine No Stage, then contemplate the long history of Mano Goryo, then get engrossed in the history at Sado Legend Hall, and finally examine the collection at Sado Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sado online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Sado takes 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sado can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine ©
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine
Chokokuji Temple ©
Chokokuji Temple
Daizen Shrine No Stage ©
Daizen Shrine No Stage

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, Shinkyo Bridge and Urami Waterfall. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Urami Waterfall, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sado to Nikko takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You'll set off for Yokohama on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Shinkyo Bridge ©
Shinkyo Bridge

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Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, Yokohama Chinatown, Yokohama Port Museum, and other attractions. On the 28th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Birthplace of the Hikawamaru, get a taste of the local shopping with Yokohama Chinatown, and then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yokohama journey builder app.

You can drive from Nikko to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokohama

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Port Museum ©
Yokohama Port Museum

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Kamakura

Kamakura ©

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Engaku-ji Temple as well as Ennō-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kamakura driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Yokohama to Kamakura by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. While traveling from Yokohama, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Onshi Hakone Park and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Okada Museum of Art and Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Your inner history buff will appreciate Choanji Temple and Fukazawa Zeni Araibenzaiten. It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip builder website.

Getting from Kamakura to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sanada House, steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

Before you visit Nagano, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nagano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nagano when traveling from Hakone-machi in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Obuse-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

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Obuse-machi

Obuse-machi ©
For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Obuse-machi trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Nagano to Obuse-machi in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Obuse-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yohashira Shrine, Matsumoto Castle, Old High School Memorial Museum, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Old High School Memorial Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Obuse-machi to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Hida Kokubun-ji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum and Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan) will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Takayama Jinya and Sanmachi Suji. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama day trip website.

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Inuyama.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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Inuyama

Inuyama ©
Located on the banks of an important regional river, the inland castle town of Inuyama has long been an important waypoint for merchants and travelers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Haritsuna Shrine, Inuyama City Cultural Museum, Karakuri Museum and Urakuen Garden. On the 14th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Oagata Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Inuyama Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Inuyama City Cultural Museum, Karakuri Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of The Museum Meijimura, take in nature's colorful creations at Urakuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Inuyama Jokamachi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haritsuna Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Inuyama journey maker site.

You can drive from Takayama to Inuyama in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Inuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Oagata Shrine ©
Oagata Shrine
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
The Museum Meijimura ©
The Museum Meijimura

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokugawa Garden, SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, Noritake no Mori, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tokugawa Garden, and finally examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, examine the collection at Noritake no Mori, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then see the interesting displays at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Inuyama to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nagoya are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gifu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museum of History, Gifu City, Gifu Park and Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha). On the 18th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha), then stroll around Gifu Park, then explore the historical opulence of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of History, Gifu City.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Gifu online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Gifu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gifu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Gifu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Museum of History, Gifu City ©
Museum of History, Gifu City
Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha) ©

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and other attractions.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Gifu to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Kamigamo Shrine ©
Kamigamo Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes National Bunraku Theater, Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses and Dotombori Glico Sign. On the 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Dotombori Glico Sign. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trip

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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kobe Kitano Temman Shrine, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Kobe Maritime Museum, and other attractions.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kobe day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Maritime Museum ©
Kobe Maritime Museum

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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.
You've now added Koko-en to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): go for a walk through Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Himeji online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nara.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
You've added Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nigatsu-do Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nara travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoshin-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sekisho-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Koya-cho

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Ryusen-in Temple ©
Ryusen-in Temple

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Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Get some historical perspective at Matsue Castle and Sada Shrine. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iya Shrine.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Matsue tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Matsue takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in October, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Matsue. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Matsue

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Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Iya Shrine ©
Iya Shrine
Sada Shrine ©
Sada Shrine

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