I realise I never did a trip summary of our Japan road trip back in December 2015. Since it’s time of the year to plan for year end trips again, maybe it’s a good time to revisit this particular trip!
When planning for a trip in mainland Japan at the end of the year, I had specific events that I wanted to visit, including:
- Tokyo German Village Winter Illumination
- Toki no Sumika Winter Illumination
- Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination
- Ashikaga Flower Park Illumination
- Kiyomizudera Autumn Special Night Visit
- Jingu Gaien Gingko Festival
- Snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park
As you may have noticed, many of the events involved illuminations. Illumination is a BIG THING in Japan, particularly in December. So whenever I visit Japan at the end of the year, I would try to fit in as many illumination events as possible.
It was a rather adventurous trip, I would say. We drove more than 2000km, visited a Hello Kitty onsen, drove on a beach, stayed in a traditional Japanese farmhouse, discovered Japan’s only boathouses, came face-to-face with a Capybara and within arms length of a lion.
So here you go, our itinerary for our 15-Days self-drive trip around Japan in December.
Tokyo German Village
Hamamatsu Fruits Park
Nabana no Sato
Maizuru Tore Tore Seafood Market
Kayabuki no Sato
Wakasa Fisherman Wharf
Kanazawa Higashichaya District
Chirihama Beach Drive
Toyama Kitto Kitto Market
Renting a car from Narita Airport
Narita Airport – Chiba – Tokyo
Tokyo – Kyoto – Osaka
Kyoto & Osaka
Kyoto – Kanazawa – Nagano
Nagano – Gunma – Narita Airport