25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ajigasawa-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kosaka-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Oga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Semboku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kesennuma
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Okutama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Chichibu
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
11
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, and finally walk around Goryokaku Park. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, wander the streets of Motomachi, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally steep yourself in history at Iai Kindergarten.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate route maker site .

Singapore, Singapore to Hakodate is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Hakodate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Hakodate is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Jomon Jiyukan, examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally see the interesting displays at Tachineputa No Yakata.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aomori trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Aomori takes 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Aomori are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Ajigasawa-machi.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tachineputa No Yakata
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins

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nights
Ajigasawa-machi

Ajigasawa-machi ©
Get out of town with these interesting Ajigasawa-machi side-trips: Tsuruta-machi (Fujimi Lake Park & Tsurunomai Bridge), Fukaura-machi (Lake Juniko, Kitakanegasawa no Oicho, & more) and Tsugaru Earth Vellage (in Tsugaru).

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ajigasawa-machi road trip tool .

You can drive from Aomori to Ajigasawa-machi in 1.5 hours. In December in Ajigasawa-machi, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kosaka-machi.

Things to do in Ajigasawa-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fukaura-machi, Tsuruta-machi, Tsugaru Earth Vellage, Shirakami Sanchi
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Lake Juniko ©
Lake Juniko
Aomori Spring Ski Resort ©
Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Tsugaru Earth Vellage ©
Tsugaru Earth Vellage

1
night
Kosaka-machi

Kosaka-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get great views at Shimeitei Observatory, look and learn at Hakka Pass Observatory, then deepen your understanding at Kosaka Tetsudo Rail Park, then admire the striking features of Kosaka Mine Office, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Meiji Hyakunendori.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kosaka-machi trip planning tool .

Drive from Ajigasawa-machi to Kosaka-machi in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kosaka-machi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Oga.

Things to do in Kosaka-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Kosaka Tetsudo Rail Park ©
Kosaka Tetsudo Rail Park
Kosaka Mine Office ©
Kosaka Mine Office

2
nights
Oga

Oga ©
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kampu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unsho-ji Temple, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao, take in the pleasant sights at Nyudozaki, then see the interesting displays at Namahage Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Oni no Kakurezato, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinzan Shrine, and finally get answers to all your questions at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Oga trip builder tool .

You can drive from Kosaka-machi to Oga in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Oga

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Oga Aquarium Gao ©
Oga Aquarium Gao
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Namahage Museum ©
Namahage Museum

3
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, then take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then look for gifts at Ando Brewery Kajoan, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Semboku trip builder .

Getting from Oga to Semboku by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kesennuma.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Koiwai Farm, Miyazawa Kenji Memorial, Iwate Park (Koen)
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Ishiguro Samurai House ©
Ishiguro Samurai House
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa

few
hours
Kesennuma

Kesennuma ©
Kesennuma is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan., the city had an estimated population of 65,367 and a population density of 197PD/sqkmin 26,429 households. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): wander the streets of Kesennuma Fukko Shotengai, explore the activities along Kesennuma Port, then make a trip to Fukko Yataimura Kesennuma Yokocho, and finally see the interesting displays at Kesennuma Uminoichi Shark Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kesennuma trip planning website .

Getting from Semboku to Kesennuma by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kesennuma can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Kesennuma

Nature Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Kesennuma Port ©
Kesennuma Port
Kesennuma Uminoichi Shark Museum ©
Kesennuma Uminoichi Shark Museum

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to JR East Nihon Shinkansen Sogo Sharyo Center, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, take an in-depth tour of Aoba Castle Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then explore the galleries of Zuihoden, and finally don't miss a visit to Sendai Station.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sendai tour website .

You can drive from Kesennuma to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kesennuma in December, with highs in Sendai at 8°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Okutama-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Risshaku-ji Temple, JR East Nihon Shinkansen Sogo Sharyo Center
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

2
nights
Okutama-machi

Okutama-machi
Get out of town with these interesting Okutama-machi side-trips: Hachioji (Mt. Takao & Takaosan Yakuo-in Yuki-ji Temple), Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center (in Tsuru) and Nishizawa Valley (in Yamanashi).

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Okutama-machi trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sendai to Okutama-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in January: highs in Okutama-machi hover around 10°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Chichibu.

Things to do in Okutama-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hachioji, Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, Nishizawa Valley
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Lake Okutama
Lake Okutama
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Mt. Kumotori ©
Mt. Kumotori

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nights
Chichibu

Chichibu ©
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chichibu Imamiya Shrine and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chichibu Shrine. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haruna Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ikaho Stone Steps, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu).

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chichibu online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Okutama-machi to Chichibu takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chichibu

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ikaho Stone Steps, Haruna Shrine, Tomioka Silk Mill, Ashikaga Flower Park
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Ikaho Stone Steps ©
Ikaho Stone Steps
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine
Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Chichibu to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Chichibu in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower