45 days in Kanto, Tohoku & Hokkaido Itinerary

45 days in Kanto, Tohoku & Hokkaido Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
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Akita
— 4 nights
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
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Asahikawa
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
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San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. You will leave for Hakone-machi on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Mt. Kofuji (in Fujiyoshida), Fujinomiya (Fujisan-cho Post Office & Kengamine) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and go for a walk through Tenkakudai.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online travel planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Nikko

— 3 nights
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.
Nikko is known for historic sites, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip builder tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Yamagata

— 4 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamagata: Tsuruoka (Ideha Shrine, Mt. Haguro, &more), Matsushima Bay (in Matsushima-machi) and Sendai (Osaki Hachiman Shrine, Sendai Station, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Yamagata Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Matsuo Basho and Sora Statue, and get outside with Shiginoya Chinuma.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamagata online trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Yamagata in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nikko in September since evenings lows in Yamagata dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Akita.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Akita

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oga (Namahage Museum, Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, &more) and Semboku (Samurai District, Onsen Resorts, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico, appreciate the history behind Satake Yoshitaka Statue, and see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Akita trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Yamagata to Akita in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Hirosaki

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Aomori (Aomori Museum of Art, Sannai-Maruyama Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Old Osanai Family Residence, get engrossed in the history at Takaoka no Mori Historical Museum of Hirosaki Clan, and explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Akita to Hirosaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hirosaki are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Michi-no-Eki Shikabe Geyser Park (in Shikabe-cho) and Nanae-cho (Shirotai Farm, Onuma Quasi-National Park, &more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

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Take a train from Hirosaki to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, Otaru Canal, &more) and Yoichi-cho (Yoichi Fisheries Museum & Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wakkanai

— 3 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
When in Wakkanai, make a side trip to see Sarobetsu Marsh Center in Toyotomi-cho, approximately Toyotomi-cho away. The adventure continues: get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, walk around Wakkanai Park, take in panoramic vistas at 100th Year Memorial Tower, and don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wakkanai online holiday planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In October in Wakkanai, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Asahikawa

— 4 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Biei-cho (Ken & Mary Tree, Biei Shrine, &more), Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake, Asahidake Ropeway, &more) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, make a trip to Kibana no Mori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Wakkanai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Asahikawa, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Showashinzan (in Sobetsu-cho), Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in October, expect nights in Noboribetsu to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Noboribetsu in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

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.

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.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.