14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Akita
— 1 night
Drive
4
Semboku
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, don't miss a visit to Tamade no Taki, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Chennai, India to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in December, expect Osaka to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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3
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hit the slopes at Mt. Taiheizan Ski Area Opus, admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, take an in-depth tour of Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Sekiya Shiro Memorial, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hana-no-Yu Akita, and finally admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Akita online vacation planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Akita in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in December; daily highs in Akita reach 3°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, look for gifts at Ando Brewery Kajoan, then take a stroll through Samurai District, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kakunodate Samurai House Museum. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, fly down the slopes at Tazawako Ski Resort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake, then hit the slopes at Mt.Moriyoshi ANI SKI RESORT, and finally get engrossed in the history at Matagi Shiryokan.

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

Traveling by car from Akita to Semboku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Semboku

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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4
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Semboku to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Semboku in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Akita Prefecture travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · History Museums
Akita Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. The capital is the city of Akita.HistoryThe area of Akita has been created from the ancient provinces of Dewa and Mutsu.Separated from the principal Japanese centres of commerce, politics, and population by several hundred kilometres and the Ōu and Dewa mountain ranges to the east, Akita remained largely isolated from Japanese society until after the year 600. Akita was a region of hunter-gatherers and principally nomadic tribes.The first historical record of what is now Akita Prefecture dates to 658, when the Abe no Hirafu conquered the native Ezo tribes at what are now the cities of Akita and Noshiro. Hirafu, then governor of Koshi Province (the northwest part of Honshū bordering the Sea of Japan), established a fort on the Mogami River, and thus began the Japanese settlement of the region.In 733, a new military settlement—later renamed Akita Castle—was built in modern-day Akita city at Takashimizu, and more permanent roads and structures were developed. The region was used as a base of operations for the Japanese empire as it drove the native Ezo people from northern Honshū.It shifted hands several times. During the Tokugawa shogunate it was appropriated to the Satake clan, who ruled the region for 260 years, developing the agriculture and mining industries that are still predominant today. Throughout this period, it was classified as part of Dewa Province. In 1871, during the Meiji Restoration, Dewa Province was reshaped and the old daimyō domains were abolished and administratively reconstructed, resulting in the modern-day borders of Akita.

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