21 days in Hokkaido & Tohoku Itinerary

21 days in Hokkaido & Tohoku Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Oga
— 1 night
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Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
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Towada
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 4 nights

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royce' Chocolate World and Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga. Otaru-shi General Museum and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Chitose (Spas & Chitose Shrine) and Otaru (Otaru Canal, Otaru Minato Museum, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, contemplate the long history of Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum, and examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Sapporo. Traveling from Frankfurt in April, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Oga.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

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Oga

Oga ©
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinzan Shrine, then examine the collection at Namahage Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally visit Mantaibutsu.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oga road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sapporo to Oga. Traveling from Sapporo in April, you will find days in Oga are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Oga

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Namahage Museum ©
Namahage Museum
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Shinzan Shrine ©
Shinzan Shrine

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, and finally make a trip to Tamugimata Layered Housing. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Ken Domon Museum of Photography, examine the collection at Somaro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Haguro Mamakozaka, then steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Oga to Tsuruoka in 3 hours. In April in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Ken Domon Museum of Photography ©
Ken Domon Museum of Photography

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Semboku

Semboku ©
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 11th (Sun), take a stroll through Kakunodate, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House, and finally go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Iwahashi Samurai House, take a stroll through Samurai District, take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Kuromoriyama Observatory, and finally test the waters at Nyuto Onsenkyo.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Semboku online road trip planner.

Drive from Tsuruoka to Semboku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Semboku can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Ishiguro Samurai House
Ishiguro Samurai House

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 13th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then browse the exhibits of Sankozo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple Benkeido.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiraizumi-cho online trip maker.

Drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple

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Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
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.
Tachineputa No Yakata and Aomori Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saishoin Temple and Hirosaki Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Shayokan (in Goshogawara) and Aomori (Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, Sannai-Maruyama Site, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, steep yourself in history at Former Umeda Family Residence, pause for some serene contemplation at United Church of Christ in Japan Hirosaki Church, and explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hirosaki online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in April: high temperatures in Hirosaki hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple
Tachineputa No Yakata ©
Tachineputa No Yakata
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site

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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, explore the activities along Oirase River, then explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Itomuka no Irie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then engage your brain at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, then walk around Misawa City Shiminnomori Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hoko-ji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada trip planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Towada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Hirosaki in April, Towada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Motomachi and Kyu Soma-tei. Onuma Park Walking Path and Hakodate Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Onuma Lake). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip maker site.

Take a train from Towada to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Towada in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Hakodate. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries

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