16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Yamagata
— 2 nights
3
Obanazawa
— Few hours
4
Tono
— 1 night
5
Morioka
— 1 night
6
Hirosaki
— Few hours
7
Semboku
— Few hours
8
Daisen
— 1 night
9
Akita
— 2 nights
10
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights

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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: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip builder.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. In September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the striking features of Bunshokan, shop like a local with Yamagata Retro Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, then appreciate the history behind Matsuo Basho and Sora Statue, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yamagata attractions planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yamagata in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yamagata: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Bunshokan ©
Bunshokan
Thermal Spas

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Obanazawa

Obanazawa ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Shirugane Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ginzan Yuhodo, and then stroll around Shirogane Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Obanazawa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yamagata to Obanazawa takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tono.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Shirogane Park ©
Shirogane Park

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Tono

Tono ©
Tono is a city in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 28,098, and a population density of 34 persons per km² in 10,089 households. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Tono Municipal Museum, examine the collection at Denshoen, then explore the activities along Kappabuchi, then examine the collection at Tono Furusatomura, and finally make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Tono Kazenooka.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tono, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Obanazawa to Tono in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tono are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Morioka.

Things to do in Tono

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Denshoen ©
Denshoen
Tono Municipal Museum ©
Tono Municipal Museum

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Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Malios Observation Room, explore the world behind art at Iwate Museum of Art, experience rural life at Koiwai Farm, then stop by Morioka Handi-Works Square, and finally examine the collection at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree, then walk around Iwate Park (Koen), then buy something for everyone on your list at Fesan, and finally take in the views from Kaiunbashi Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Morioka planner.

You can drive from Tono to Morioka in 1.5 hours. September in Morioka sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Koiwai Farm
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building ©
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
Koiwai Farm ©
Koiwai Farm

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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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hirosaki online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Morioka to Hirosaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Morioka in September; daily highs in Hirosaki reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. You will leave for Semboku on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

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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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Semboku trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Semboku in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Semboku are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll set off for Daisen on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

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Daisen

Daisen ©
Daisen is a city in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 83,137, and a population density of 95.9 persons per km2. On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Rokugo Yusuigun, then take an in-depth tour of Mononobe Nagaho Memorial Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karamatsu Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kamioka Gakuyukan Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Daisen sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Semboku to Daisen in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Daisen can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Akita.

Things to do in Daisen

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Rokugo Yusuigun
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Karamatsu Shrine ©
Karamatsu Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stop by Oga Peninsula, take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Michi-no-Eki Akita Port. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Kubota Castle Front Gate, admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle, then see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, then explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Kawabata Street.

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Traveling by car from Daisen to Akita takes an hour. In September in Akita, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oga, Oga Peninsula
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Senshu Park ©
Senshu Park
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu

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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.
Explore Tsuruoka's surroundings by going to Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Sankyo Soko Storehouse (in Sakata). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, take in the dramatic natural features at Midagahara Wetlands, and don't miss a visit to Tamugimata Layered Housing.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tsuruoka trip planner.

Getting from Akita to Tsuruoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Gassan, Sankyo Soko Storehouse
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Mt. Gassan ©
Mt. Gassan
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda

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