29 days in Kanto, Chubu & Tohoku Itinerary

29 days in Kanto, Chubu & Tohoku Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Kamogawa
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Kamogawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Oshima-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Ito
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Aomori
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Aomori
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly

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Kamogawa

— 1 night
Beloved for its beaches, mild climate, and natural attractions, Kamogawa is a beautiful getaway right outside of Tokyo.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): meet the residents at Kamogawa Sea World and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yomogi Fudodaki Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Awa Jinja, and finally make a trip to Cape Nojima.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kamogawa online trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Kamogawa is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Francisco to Kamogawa, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for slightly colder days in Kamogawa, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oshima-machi.

Things to do in Kamogawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Oshima-machi

— 1 night
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hajikama shrine, admire nature's extreme beauty at Ura Desert, get impressive views of Mt. Mihara, then explore the striking landscape at Faulted Strata in Oshima, and finally don't miss a visit to Habu Part.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Oshima-machi trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kamogawa to Oshima-machi with the Route module. In March in Oshima-machi, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Ito.

Things to do in Oshima-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Ito

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Omuro and Ryugu Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls (in Kawazu-cho) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Jogasaki Coast, hit the slopes at Touji Sand Ski Area, kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Nesugatayama Observatory.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ito day trip website.

Explore your travel options from Oshima-machi to Ito with the Route module. In March, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ise.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ise

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ise Shrine Geku and Sarutahiko Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Ise: Shima (Izawanomiya & Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and take an in-depth tour of Sengukan.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ise trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Ito to Ise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagiso-machi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hike along Nakasendo Magome-juku and then hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagiso-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nagiso-machi takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ise in April since evenings lows in Nagiso-machi dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Shirakawago, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura planner.

Drive from Nagiso-machi to Shirakawa-mura in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Hakuba-mura

— 3 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Suginohara (in Myoko), Anrakuji Temple (in Ueda) and Otari-mura (Ushikata Inn & Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, hit the slopes at Tsugaike Kogen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakuba, and stop by Hakuba Jump Arena.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 1 night
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosen-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Amidado, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, and finally fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 hours. April in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Aomori

— 4 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse and Hakkoda Mountains. Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Towada (Oirase Gorge, Choshi Otaki Waterfall, &more), Misawa Aviation & Science Museum (in Misawa) and Hirosaki (Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki Park, &more). The adventure continues: get answers to all your questions at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, browse the different shops at A-FACTORY, and explore the activities along Oirase River.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Aomori online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Aomori in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in April, things will get little chillier in Aomori: highs are around 52°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Asakusa Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and stroll around Rikugien Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Aomori to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Chubu travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.