22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nagano
— 4 nights
shuttle:  1​h
5
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
bus + train:  3​h
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore


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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.
Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takeshita Street and Kiddy Land Harajuku. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Yanaka and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum ©

3
nights
Karuizawa-machi

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.
You've now added Stone Church to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Harunire Terrace and Gunma Natural Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori and Karuizawa Union Church. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, and walk around Yukawa Furusato Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Karuizawa-machi at 14°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Gunma Natural Museum
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Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori ©
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori
Stone Church ©
Stone Church
Gunma Natural Museum ©
Gunma Natural Museum

2
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Kusatsu Glass Warehouse, then find something for the whole family at Kusatsu Forest Stage, and then take an in-depth tour of Jukambo National Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kusatsu-machi online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Kusatsu-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Kusatsu-machi sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagano.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Museums Theme Parks Shopping
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4
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get some cultural insight at Matsushiro and Mizuno Museum. You'll explore and learn at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum and Ehonto Kinomi Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Nagano side-trips: Tanaka Honke Museum (in Suzaka) and Obuse Winery (in Obuse-machi). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, see the interesting displays at Nagano Olympic Museum, and browse the different shops at MIDORI 長野.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip planner .

Drive from Kusatsu-machi to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Obuse Winery, Ehonto Kinomi Museum, Tanaka Honke Museum
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Yawataya Isogoro Honten ©
Yawataya Isogoro Honten
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

4
nights
Hakuba-mura

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yatsuo no Machinami and Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design. Let the collections at Fossa Magna Museum and Hokugin Galerie Millet capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Toyama (Tajiri Pond, Rakusuitei Art Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, see the interesting displays at Hakuba Alpine Library, contemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond, and snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip planner .

Getting from Nagano to Hakuba-mura by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Toyama, Fossa Magna Museum
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Fossa Magna Museum ©
Fossa Magna Museum
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo and Kokyo Gaien National Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden

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