Example itinerary: Rural snow trip from Tokyo

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Recommended itinerary

If you have nine full days, you can do everything listed here! If you only have two days to spare you can take an overnight trip from Tokyo to Nikko. Any time between two and nine days, you can choose which things you’re more interested in. Note that this itinerary is just a guideline, you don’t have to follow it to the point if you’d like to change things around or just use it as inspiration.

Nikko (1-3 days)

– Day 1: Unryu Keikoku if you start early and you’re up for it. Otherwise, or afterwards, Nikko shrines area and/or Kanmangafuchi Abyss.
– Day 2: Oku-Nikko: Akechidaira Ropeway, Kegon Falls, Chuzenji lake and temple. Overnight at Yumoto Onsen. Nighttime: Yumoto Onsen snow festival
– Day 3: Oku-Nikko: Yumoto Onsen and Yutaki Falls, Senjogahara if possible (check snow levels), Ryuzu Falls.

Aizu-Kinugawa Line (1-2 days)

– Day 4: Edo-Wonderland, Grand Maze, Tobu Square, SuzuKaze onsen and/or Ryuo Gorge. Overnight at Yunishigawa Onsen or Kinugawa Onsen. *It is not possible to do all this in one day, these are just some examples of what to do in the area.
– Day 5: Yunishigawa Onsen (if you slept there overnight) or Ouchijuku (if you stayed in Kinugawa). Late afternoon arrival to Aizu-Wakamatsu.

Aizu (1-4 days)

– Day 6: Aizu-Wakamatsu city: Tsuruga Castle, Prefectural Museum, Oyakuen Garden, Sazae-do, Mt.Iimori, Bukeyashiki… Buy a one day bus pass to get around easily.
– Day 7: Oku-Aizu day trip: Enzoji Temple, Oshi town, Tadami Line views. *Please beware of train timetables, trains are infrequent on this line.
– Day 8: Kitakata day trip: Kura storehouses, ramen. Aizu-Wakamatsu Higashiyama district after sunset to see the illuminations and/or hot spring bath.
– Day 9: Inawashiro Ski slopes. When finished, continue to Koriyama city and from there you can take a quick bullet train back to Tokyo.