45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary 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
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukuyama
— 1 night
Drive to Hiroshima Airport, Fly to Honolulu

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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.
For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aomori trip planner.

Honolulu, USA to Aomori is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Aomori. Traveling from Honolulu in September, expect Aomori to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 17°C. You will leave for Towada on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Aomori

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

Towada

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Towada travel route tool.

You can take a train from Aomori to Towada in an hour. Other options are to 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 September, with lows around 21°C. You will leave for Hirosaki on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

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.
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hirosaki trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Towada to Hirosaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hirosaki when traveling from Towada in September, with lows around 17°C. You will leave for Odate on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Odate

Odate is a city in Akita Prefecture, Japan. To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Odate driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Odate takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to Akita.

Things to do in Odate

Museums · Spas · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

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.
For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Akita trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Odate to Akita in 2 hours. September in Akita sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Daisen.

Things to do in Akita

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

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. For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Daisen visit planner.

Traveling by car from Akita to Daisen takes an hour. September in Daisen sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Yokote.

Things to do in Daisen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

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. Make your Yokote itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Yokote is just a short distance from Daisen. In September, daytime highs in Yokote are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll set off for Tsuruoka on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Yokote

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tsuruoka trip planning site.

Drive from Yokote to Tsuruoka in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You'll set off for Obanazawa on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Tsuruoka

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

Obanazawa

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Obanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Obanazawa takes 1.5 hours. September in Obanazawa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Obanazawa

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

Yamagata

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamagata travel route builder website.

Getting from Obanazawa to Yamagata by car takes about an hour. In September in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. You will leave for Sendai on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Yamagata

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

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 plan Sendai vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Yamagata to Sendai in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. September in Sendai sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for Fukushima on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Sendai

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

Fukushima

Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fukushima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sendai to Fukushima takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sendai in September since evenings lows in Fukushima dip to 19°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Fukushima

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

Aizuwakamatsu

Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Before you visit Aizuwakamatsu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Fukushima to Aizuwakamatsu in 2 hours. In September in Aizuwakamatsu, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will leave for Iwaki on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Iwaki

Sunshine Iwaki

A coastal city in the southeastern Fukushima Prefecture, Iwaki boasts a high number of sunny days and appealing water attractions.
To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Iwaki journey maker.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Iwaki takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Iwaki can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Nikko on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Iwaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Tobu Nikko Station.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Iwaki to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Iwaki in September, Nikko is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Utsunomiya.
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Utsunomiya

The capital city of Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya bursts at the seams with festivals, Japanese dumplings, jazz, and cherry blossoms.
Planning Utsunomiya trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Utsunomiya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Utsunomiya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Ashikaga

Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Ashikaga day trip website.

Drive from Utsunomiya to Ashikaga in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Ashikaga can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You will leave for Minakami-machi on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Ashikaga

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

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 see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Minakami-machi holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Ashikaga to Minakami-machi takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Kusatsu-machi on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Kusatsu-machi

— 1 night
For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kusatsu-machi online visit planner.

Getting from Minakami-machi to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kusatsu-machi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 12th (Sun), you're off to Takasaki.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Takasaki

Famous for its Daruma dolls, Takasaki serves as a great stopover town during a trip through Japan.
To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takasaki trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kusatsu-machi to Takasaki takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You will leave for Tomioka on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Takasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Tomioka

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tomioka trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Takasaki to Tomioka takes an hour. In September in Tomioka, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll set off for Kumagaya on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Tomioka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

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 other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kumagaya road trip planning website.

Getting from Tomioka to Kumagaya by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 12th (Sun), you're off to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Kumagaya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Toki no Kane and then don't miss a visit to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kawagoe trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kumagaya to Kawagoe in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Kawagoe are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Saitama

Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saitama attractions planner.

Saitama is just a stone's throw from Kawagoe. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Tokorozawa.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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. On the 13th (Mon), walk around Tokyo Metropolitan Koganei Park and then walk around Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokorozawa trip planning site.

Drive from Saitama to Tokorozawa in an hour. September in Tokorozawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokorozawa

Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Tokorozawa to Tokyo in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Fujisawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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 maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fujisawa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fujisawa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujisawa: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Atami.

Things to do in Fujisawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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 photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Atami tour planner.

Traveling by train from Fujisawa to Atami takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Atami, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will leave for Ito on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ito travel planner.

Traveling by car from Atami to Ito takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Atami in September, with highs in Ito at 30°C and lows at 26°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Izu.

Things to do in Ito

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Izu

— 1 night
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Izu journey site.

Izu is just a short distance from Ito. In September, daily temperatures in Izu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Fuji on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Izu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Fuji

Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Before you visit Fuji, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Izu to Fuji in an hour. In September in Fuji, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will leave for Fujinomiya on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Fuji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Fujinomiya

Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Plan my day in Fujinomiya using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fujinomiya is just a short distance from Fuji. In September, daily temperatures in Fujinomiya can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You will leave for Fujiyoshida on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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 traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fujiyoshida attractions planning website.

You can drive from Fujinomiya to Fujiyoshida in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujinomiya in September, expect nights in Fujiyoshida to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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.
For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip site.

Fujikawaguchiko-machi is very close to Fujiyoshida. In September, daytime highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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 find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shizuoka route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Shizuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, expect nights in Shizuoka to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. You will leave for Hamamatsu on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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 more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hamamatsu trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Hamamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Hamamatsu, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. You'll set off for Toyota on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Toyota

Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Toyota trip planner.

You can drive from Hamamatsu to Toyota in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Toyota

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

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

Traveling by car from Toyota to Nagoya takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Gifu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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), Inuyama (Kiso River, Inuyama Castle, &more) and Usuzumi Park (in Motosu). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, stroll around Gifu Park, explore the historical opulence of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Oda Nobunaga.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gifu visit planning app.

Getting from Nagoya to Gifu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. September in Gifu sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kawagoe-cho.

Things to do in Gifu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Kawagoe-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll around Chubu Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Takamatsu Coast, and then engage your brain at Kawagoe Electric Museum Tera46.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kawagoe-cho trip builder tool.

You can drive from Gifu to Kawagoe-cho in 1.5 hours. September in Kawagoe-cho sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Kawagoe-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Okageza, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and then head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island.

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

Drive from Kawagoe-cho to Ise in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ise are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kumano.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Kumano

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Onigajo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanano Iwaya Caves, and then don't miss a visit to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kumano tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ise to Kumano in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kumano are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wakayama.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wakayama: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuroshio Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kimiidera Temple.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wakayama online trip maker.

Drive from Kumano to Wakayama in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Wakayama can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

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 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Nara route planner.

You can drive from Wakayama to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Iga.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Ueno Park, then don't miss a visit to Iga Ueno Castle, and then make a trip to Iga-ryu Ninja Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Iga vacation planning website.

You can drive from Nara to Iga in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iga

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): make a trip to Nijo Castle, then wander the streets of Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Iga to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Iga in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

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 4th (Mon), take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally walk around Shukugawa Park. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures 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.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kobe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

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Traveling by car from Kobe to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinkeien, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama tour planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Himeji in October since evenings lows in Okayama dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge, make a trip to Marugame Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and then stroll through Ritsurin Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takamatsu trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Okayama to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, then don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Awa Odori Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Ruins of Tokushima Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokushima journey planner.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Tokushima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takamatsu in October, Tokushima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

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 14th (Thu), make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katsurahama Ryuogu Shrine. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kochi Castle, then browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba, and then make a trip to Harimaya Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kochi road trip site.

Getting from Tokushima to Kochi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Tokushima, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kochi, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Uwajima, contemplate the long history of Uwajima Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tenshaen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanjizaiji Temple, then examine the collection at Shidenkai Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Warei Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uwajima visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Uwajima takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Uwajima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ozu.

Things to do in Uwajima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Ozu

— 1 night
Ōzu is a Japanese city of about 48,000 inhabitants located in Ehime Prefecture.HistoryŌzu Castle is a castle in Ōzu. On the 18th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Ozu Castle, make a trip to Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, and then steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ozu trip maker tool.

You can drive from Uwajima to Ozu in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Ozu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Ozu

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, and then see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dogo Onsen Main Building.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama trip maker site.

Getting from Ozu to Matsuyama by car takes about an hour. In October, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

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.
On the 21st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomo no Ura and then step off the mainland to explore Sensui Island.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fukuyama day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Fukuyama takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Matsuyama in October, expect Fukuyama to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

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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