45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel route planner

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Fly to Hakodate Airport, Drive to Aomori
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Aomori
— 1 day
Train
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Towada
Train
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Hirosaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Odate
Drive
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Akita
Drive
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Daisen
Drive
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Yokote
Drive
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Tsuruoka
Drive
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Obanazawa
Drive
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Yamagata
Drive
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Sendai
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukushima
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
Drive
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Iwaki
Drive
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Nikko
Drive
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Utsunomiya
Drive
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Ashikaga
Drive
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Minakami-machi
Drive
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Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Takasaki
Drive
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Tomioka
Drive
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Kumagaya
Drive
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Kawagoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Saitama
Drive
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Tokorozawa
Drive
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Tokyo
Train
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Fujisawa
Train
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Atami
Drive
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Ito
Drive
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Izu
— 1 night
Drive
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Fuji
Drive
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Fujinomiya
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
Drive
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Shizuoka
Train
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Hamamatsu
Drive
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Toyota
Drive
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive
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Gifu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kawagoe-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kumano
— 1 night
Drive
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Wakayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokushima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
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Uwajima
— 1 night
Drive
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Ozu
— 1 night
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Fukuyama
— 1 night
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Aomori

— 1 day
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Plan my day in Aomori using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Honolulu, USA to Aomori is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Traveling from Honolulu to Aomori, you'll lose 19 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in April, with highs in Aomori at 52°F and lows at 39°F. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Towada.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

Towada

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Towada online tour planner.

Getting from Aomori to Towada by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Towada when traveling from Aomori in April, with lows around 48°F. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

Hirosaki

— 1 night
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.
You can plan Hirosaki trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can take a train from Towada to Hirosaki in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Towada in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hirosaki, with lows around 39°F. You will leave for Odate on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

Odate

Odate is a city in Akita Prefecture, Japan. To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Odate trip planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Odate in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to Akita.

Things to do in Odate

Museums · Fun & Games · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

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.
To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Akita trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Odate to Akita takes 2 hours. In April in Akita, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Daisen.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

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. To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Daisen trip planner.

Getting from Akita to Daisen by car takes about an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Daisen can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Yokote.

Things to do in Daisen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Yokote

Yokote is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of June 2013, the city has an estimated population of 94,728, and a population density of 137 persons per km². For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Yokote road trip planning website.

Yokote is very close to Daisen. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. You'll set off for Tsuruoka on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Yokote

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka online route planner.

Traveling by car from Yokote to Tsuruoka takes 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Obanazawa

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Obanazawa attractions planner.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Obanazawa in 1.5 hours. April in Obanazawa sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. You'll set off for Yamagata on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Obanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Yamagata

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamagata visit planner.

You can drive from Obanazawa to Yamagata in an hour. In April in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. You'll set off for Sendai on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sendai online holiday planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Sendai in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Yamagata in April, with lows around 53°F. You will leave for Fukushima on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Fukushima

Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fukushima route planner.

Traveling by car from Sendai to Fukushima takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sendai in April, Fukushima is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. You will leave for Aizuwakamatsu on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Fukushima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Aizuwakamatsu

Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu day trip app.

You can drive from Fukushima to Aizuwakamatsu in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You'll set off for Iwaki on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Iwaki

Sunshine Iwaki

A coastal city in the southeastern Fukushima Prefecture, Iwaki boasts a high number of sunny days and appealing water attractions.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Iwaki trip planner.

Drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Iwaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. You'll set off for Nikko on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Iwaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tobu Nikko Station.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nikko online visit planner.

Getting from Iwaki to Nikko by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Iwaki in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nikko, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Utsunomiya.
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Utsunomiya

The capital city of Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya bursts at the seams with festivals, Japanese dumplings, jazz, and cherry blossoms.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Utsunomiya trip planner.

Drive from Nikko to Utsunomiya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Utsunomiya, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Utsunomiya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Ashikaga

Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ashikaga trip planning website.

Drive from Utsunomiya to Ashikaga in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Ashikaga can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You'll set off for Minakami-machi on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Ashikaga

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Minakami-machi

Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Minakami-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Ashikaga to Minakami-machi in 1.5 hours. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Kusatsu-machi

— 1 night
To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kusatsu-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Minakami-machi to Kusatsu-machi takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kusatsu-machi are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You'll set off for Takasaki on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Takasaki

Famous for its Daruma dolls, Takasaki serves as a great stopover town during a trip through Japan.
For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Takasaki online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Takasaki in 2 hours. In April in Takasaki, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. You'll set off for Tomioka on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Takasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Tomioka

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Tomioka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Takasaki to Tomioka takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Tomioka can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Kumagaya.

Things to do in Tomioka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Kumagaya

Kumagaya is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 198,440 and a population density of 1240 persons per km². To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kumagaya online day trip planner.

You can drive from Tomioka to Kumagaya in 1.5 hours. In April in Kumagaya, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. You will leave for Kawagoe on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Kumagaya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Kawagoe

— 1 night

Little Edo

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Toki no Kane and then don't miss a visit to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kawagoe holiday planner.

You can drive from Kumagaya to Kawagoe in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Saitama

Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saitama trip planner.

Saitama is very close to Kawagoe. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Tokorozawa.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Tokorozawa

Tokorozawa is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 335,968 and a population density of 4660 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): walk around Tokyo Metropolitan Koganei Park and then walk around Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokorozawa itinerary maker website.

Drive from Saitama to Tokorozawa in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Tokorozawa can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokorozawa

Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

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.
Plan my trip to Tokyo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Tokorozawa to Tokyo in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 9th (Sat), you're off to Fujisawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Fujisawa

Situated on Kanagawa's Sagami Bay, the city of Fujisawa serves as the gateway to beaches on the small island of Enoshima, as well as the sandy coast and temples of nearby Kamakura.
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujisawa day trip app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Fujisawa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Fujisawa hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 55°F. You will leave for Atami on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Fujisawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Atami

With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Atami day trip site.

Take a train from Fujisawa to Atami in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Ito.

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Ito

Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Ito travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Atami to Ito takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Atami in April, expect Ito to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 58°F. You'll set off for Izu on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Ito

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Izu

— 1 night
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Izu trip planner.

Izu is very close to Ito. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Fuji.

Things to do in Izu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Fuji

Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fuji trip planner.

Traveling by car from Izu to Fuji takes an hour. April in Fuji sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 55°F at night. You will leave for Fujinomiya on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Fuji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Fujinomiya

Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fujinomiya trip maker site.

Fujinomiya is just a stone's throw from Fuji. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 55°F. You will leave for Fujiyoshida on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Fujiyoshida

A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fujiyoshida driving holiday planner.

Getting from Fujinomiya to Fujiyoshida by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Fujinomiya, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 52°F. You'll set off for Fujikawaguchiko-machi on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker.

Fujikawaguchiko-machi is just a stone's throw from Fujiyoshida. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Shizuoka

With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shizuoka route planning app.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Shizuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Shizuoka, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. You'll set off for Hamamatsu on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Hamamatsu

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamamatsu online journey planner.

You can take a train from Shizuoka to Hamamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hamamatsu can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Toyota.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Toyota

Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Toyota online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hamamatsu to Toyota takes 1.5 hours. April in Toyota sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Toyota

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 11th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya travel planner.

Getting from Toyota to Nagoya by car takes about an hour. April in Nagoya sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gifu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Gifu

— 3 nights
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Explore Gifu's surroundings by going to Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple (in Ibigawa-cho), Usuzumi Park (in Motosu) and Inuyama (Kiso River, Inuyama Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kinka, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Oda Nobunaga, stroll around Gifu Park, and step into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Gifu trip simple and quick.

Getting from Nagoya to Gifu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Gifu can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kawagoe-cho.

Things to do in Gifu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Kawagoe-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): walk around Chubu Park, kick back and relax at Takamatsu Coast, and then get curious at Kawagoe Electric Museum Tera46.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kawagoe-cho travel tool.

You can drive from Gifu to Kawagoe-cho in 1.5 hours. In April in Kawagoe-cho, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Kawagoe-cho

Parks · Beaches · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Okageza, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and then head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kawagoe-cho to Ise takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kawagoe-cho in April, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kumano.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Kumano

— 1 night
On the 18th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Onigajo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanano Iwaya Caves, and then make a trip to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field.

Plan my day in Kumano using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kumano takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kumano can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Wakayama

— 3 nights
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II. On a tour of Wakayama, you'll have the chance to take day trips to the prefecture's numerous natural and historic sights, as the town has good connections and also provides easy access to Osaka and Nara.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wakayama: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, contemplate the long history of Wakayama Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuroshio Market.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wakayama online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kumano to Wakayama in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kumano in April, Wakayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip website.

Traveling by car from Wakayama to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Nara sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Iga.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Iga

— 2 nights
Iga is a city located in central Kii Peninsula, in the mountainous western Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of September 2012, the city has an estimated population of 95,137 and a population density of 170 persons per km2. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Ueno Park, step into the grandiose world of Iga Ueno Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Iga-ryu Ninja Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Iga trip site.

Drive from Nara to Iga in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iga

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 26th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Gion, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app.

You can drive from Iga to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Iga in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then take a stroll through Dotombori District. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka online route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 30th (Sat), wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally stroll around Shukugawa Park. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kobe using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

Himeji

— 2 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle. On the next day, take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In May in Himeji, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, and finally browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinkeien, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama holiday builder tool.

Getting from Himeji to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Okayama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the views from Great Seto Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Okayama to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Tokushima

— 3 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, then make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Awa Odori Hall. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruins of Tokushima Castle.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokushima day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Tokushima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Takamatsu in May: highs in Tokushima hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Kochi

— 1 night
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 10th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katsurahama Ryuogu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, pick up some local products at Hirome Ichiba, and then don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge.

Discover how to plan a Kochi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tokushima to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Uwajima

— 1 night
Uwajima is a city located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 86,631 and a population density of 184.53 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get great views at Uwajima, step into the grandiose world of Uwajima Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tenshaen Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanjizaiji Temple, then examine the collection at Shidenkai Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Warei Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uwajima holiday maker.

Getting from Kochi to Uwajima by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ozu.

Things to do in Uwajima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Ozu

— 1 night
Ōzu is a Japanese city of about 48,000 inhabitants located in Ehime Prefecture.HistoryŌzu Castle is a castle in Ōzu. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Ozu Castle, steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, and then make a trip to Garyu Sanso.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ozu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Ozu takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Ozu are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Ozu

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, then make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, and then examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dogo Onsen Main Building.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Matsuyama day trip website.

Drive from Ozu to Matsuyama in an hour. In May in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Baths · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Fukuyama

— 1 night

City of Roses

A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomo no Ura and then step off the mainland to explore Sensui Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fukuyama online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Fukuyama in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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

3.9
Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
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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Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

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Fukushima Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Castles · Bodies of Water
Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Fukushima.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was part of what was known as Mutsu Province.The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect 'civilized Japan' from the 'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646.In 718, the provinces of Iwase and Iwaki were created, but these areas reverted to Mutsu some time between 722 and 724.The province of Fukushima was conquered by Prince Subaru in 1293. This region of Japan is also known as Michinoku and Ōshū.The Fukushima Incident took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882.2011 earthquake and subsequent disastersThe 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture, primarily but not limited to the eastern Hama-dōri region.

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Tochigi Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Waterfalls · Theme Parks
Tochigi Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshu, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture.Other famous parts of Tochigi include a region called Nasu known for onsen and local sake and ski resorts. The Imperial Family has a villa in Nasu. is a major Shinkansen station.Prefectural overviewSituated among the inland prefectures of the northern part of the Kantō region, Tochigi is contiguous with Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama, and Fukushima Prefectures.The climate of Tochigi may be classified as a humid temperate zone with broad variations in temperature. Winters are arid with dry winds, while summers are humid with frequent thunderstorms.The population of Tochigi as of November 2010 is approximately 2,005,096.Located in the center of the prefecture is the largest open plain in the Kantō region. Shirane (2,578 m), Nantai (2,484 m) and Nasudake (1,917 m) mountain are in the northern part of the area. Kinugawa, Nakagawa, and Watarase River originate in this region, which flow across the Kanto plain before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Tochigi is the 20th largest prefecture in Japan with a total area of 6,408 square km.

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Gunma Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Gunma Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island. Its capital is Maebashi.HistoryJapan was without horses until around the fifth century CE. The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot.When Mount Haruna erupted in the late 6th century, Japan was still in the pre-historical phase (prior to the importation of the Chinese writing system during the Nara period). The Gunma Prefectural archaeology unit in 1994 was able to date the eruption through zoological anthropology at the corral sites that were buried in ash.In the past, Gunma was joined with Tochigi Prefecture and called Kenu Province. This was later divided into Kami-tsu-ke (Upper Kenu, Gunma) and Shimo-tsu-ke (Lower Kenu, Tochigi). The area is sometimes referred to as Jomo (上毛, Jōmō). For most of Japanese history, Gunma was known as the province of Kozuke.In the early period of contact between western nations and Japan, particularly the late Tokugawa, it was referred to by foreigners as the "Joushu States", inside (fudai, or loyalist) Tokugawa retainers and the Tokugawa family symbol is widely seen at public buildings, temples and shrines.

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Saitama Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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Shizuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.HistoryShizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.GeographyShizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

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Ehime Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Ehime Prefecture is a prefecture in northwestern Shikoku, Japan. The capital is Matsuyama.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, Ehime Prefecture was known as Iyo Province. Since before the Heian period, the area was dominated by fishermen and sailors who played an important role in defending Japan against pirates and Mongolian invasions.After the Battle of Sekigahara, the Tokugawa shogun gave the area to his allies, including Kato Yoshiaki who built Matsuyama Castle, forming the basis for the modern city of Matsuyama.The name Ehime comes from the kuniumi part of the Kojiki where Iyo Province is mythologically named Ehime "lovely princess."In 2012, a research group from the University of Tokyo and Ehime University said they had discovered rare earth deposits in Matsuyama.GeographyLocated in the northwestern part of Shikoku, Ehime faces the Seto Inland Sea to the north and is bordered by Kagawa and Tokushima in the east and Kōchi in the south.

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