11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly + Train:  13 h 45 min
1
Matsumoto
— 1 day
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Aomori
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Hirosaki
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Morioka
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Semboku
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Sendai
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Niigata
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Aizuwakamatsu
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Mito
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Saitama
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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day
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 21st (Mon), deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, and then make a trip to Matsumoto Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto road trip tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Matsumoto is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in December; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

1
night
Aomori

Aomori
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Aomori fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Matsumoto to Aomori by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, expect nights in Aomori to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 1°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll around Hirosaki Park, then explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, and then stop by Omoide Shop Sakura House.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Hirosaki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Morioka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

1
night
Morioka

Morioka
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Morioka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Morioka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Morioka, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -1°C at night. You'll set off for Semboku on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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day
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, steep yourself in history at Ishiguro Samurai House, browse the exhibits of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai District, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Semboku trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Morioka to Semboku in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Semboku, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Semboku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Samurai District ©
Samurai District

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night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get your game on at Icerink Sendai, don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sendai travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Semboku to Sendai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Sendai is a bit warmer than Semboku - with highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Jozenji-dori Avenue ©
Jozenji-dori Avenue

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night
Niigata

Niigata
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Niigata online visit planner.

Getting from Sendai to Niigata by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Niigata, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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hours
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, stop by Aizu Shurakukan, and then take in the exciting artwork at Suzuzen.

Planning Aizuwakamatsu trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Aizuwakamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Niigata in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Aizuwakamatsu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mito.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle

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night
Mito

Mito ©
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the striking features of Kobuntei, get lost in a book at Sagawa Library, walk around Mito City Forest Park, then make a trip to Mori no Chevre Plaza, and finally admire the natural beauty at Howaen.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mito trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Mito in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in December, expect nights in Mito to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saitama.

Things to do in Mito

Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Mito City Forest Park ©
Mito City Forest Park
Howaen ©
Howaen
Kobuntei ©
Kobuntei

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night
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, stroll around Shimin no Mori, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Osaki Park Children's Zoo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanasato Shrine, and finally walk around Oarata Kotsu Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saitama travel route builder tool.

Drive from Mito to Saitama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Saitama when traveling from Mito in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nanasato Shrine, Oarata Kotsu Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Osaki Park Children's Zoo ©
Osaki Park Children's Zoo

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and take in the pleasant sights at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions website.

Getting from Saitama to Tokyo by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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