50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  15 h 15 min
1
Sendai
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Matsushima-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Aizuwakamatsu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Yamagata
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Tsuruoka
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Akita
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Semboku
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Morioka
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Aomori
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
10
Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
11
Hakodate
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
12
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Osaki (Thermal Spas & Jigokudani Walking Path), Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura (in Ogawara-machi) and Shibata Senokyo Bridge (in Shibata-machi). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, have some family-friendly fun at Icerink Sendai, take in nature's colorful creations at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sendai travel planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sendai is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sendai. In March, Sendai is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 48°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Osaki, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Shiroishi City Yajiro Kokeshi Village, Shibata Senokyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery ©
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

4
nights
Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsushima-machi: Ishinomaki (Kamiwarizaki Natural Park, Tashiro Island, &more), Yagisawa Shoten, Ipopommatsu (in Rikuzentakata) and Mt. Kame (in Kesennuma). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, take in the dramatic natural features at Umanose, make a trip to Ojima Island, and get engrossed in the history at Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Matsushima-machi trip maker tool.

Matsushima-machi is very close to Sendai. In March in Matsushima-machi, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ishinomaki, Shiogama, Yagisawa Shoten, Ipopommatsu, Konbo Temple, Odakamori Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum ©
Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum

4
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Explore Aizuwakamatsu's surroundings by going to Inawashiro-machi (Hanitsu Shrine & Bandai Kogen), Kitashiobara-mura (Goshikinuma Lake & Gran Deco Snow Resort) and Ouchijuku (in Shimogo-machi). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, make a trip to Miharutakizakura, find something for the whole family at Pep Kids Koriyama, and stop by Aizu Shurakukan.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aizuwakamatsu trip planning app.

Drive from Matsushima-machi to Aizuwakamatsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Matsushima-machi in March, Aizuwakamatsu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Inawashiro-machi, Kitashiobara-mura, Miharu-machi, Koriyama, Ouchijuku
Highlights from your plan
Goshikinuma Lake ©
Goshikinuma Lake
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Ouchijuku ©
Ouchijuku

4
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamagata: Zao-machi (O-torii & Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort), Water, Stones and Talking Park (in Shiroishi) and Fukushima (Surikamigawa Dam & Old Horikiri House). There's much more to do: get outside with Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, have fun at Asobia Land, and make a trip to Big Zelkova of Higashine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamagata trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In March in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zao-machi, Fukushima, Higashine, Uriwari Sekitei Park, Sumomoyama Tannan Yamanokami
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tsuruoka side-trips: Nikaho (Nakajimadai Recreation no Mori & Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh), Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Yuzawa (Kawara no Yukko, Kawarage Oyutaki Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, don't miss a visit to Tamugimata Layered Housing, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tsuruoka trip website.

Drive from Yamagata to Tsuruoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Akita.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yuzawa, Nikaho, Mt. Gassan
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
Onsen Resorts

4
nights
Akita

Akita ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akita: Photo Gallery Blue Hole (in Katagami), Oga (Namahage Museum & Ogashinzan Traditional Museum) and Nanohana Road (in Ogata-mura). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Yokote Masuda Manga Museum, stop by Masuda Storehouses, get outside with Suishinen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seitai Hoshikai.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Akita trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tsuruoka to Akita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Semboku.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokote, Oga, Photo Gallery Blue Hole, Nanohana Road
Highlights from your plan
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Our Lady of Akita ©
Our Lady of Akita
Namahage Museum ©
Namahage Museum

3
nights
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.
Semboku is known for nature, baths, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Samurai District, sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Semboku travel route planner.

You can take a train from Akita to Semboku in an hour. Another option is to drive. In April, daytime highs in Semboku are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

4
nights
Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morioka: Tenshochi (in Kitakami), Hiraizumi-cho (Motsu-ji Temple & Chuson-ji Temple) and Ishigaminooka Museum (in Iwate-machi). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, explore the striking landscape at Mt. Iwate Yakehashiri Lava Flow, enjoy breathtaking views from Gentamori Observatory, and head outdoors with Hachimantai Resort Panorama Ski Resort.

Make your Morioka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Semboku to Morioka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Morioka are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hachimantai, Hiraizumi-cho, Tenshochi, Hachiyozan-Tendaiji Temple, Ishigaminooka Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area ©
Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple

4
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore Aomori's surroundings by going to Towada (Tsutanonana Swamp, Oirase Mountain Stream, &more), Josenji Temple (in Kuroishi) and Natsudomari Peninsula (in Hiranai-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tashirotai Heights, examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, and hit the slopes at Hakkoda Ski Area.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Aomori travel site.

Traveling by train from Morioka to Aomori takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Morioka in April; daily highs in Aomori reach 52°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Towada, Josenji Temple, Hakkoda Mountains, Natsudomari Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru ©
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru

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nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Aomori Spring Ski Resort (in Ajigasawa-machi), Lake Juniko (in Fukaura-machi) and Tachineputa No Yakata (in Goshogawara). There's much more to do: stroll around Hirosaki Park, make a trip to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Hirosaki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, Aomori Spring Ski Resort, Neputa Display Hall, Saga no Taki Fall, Lake Juniko
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Aomori Spring Ski Resort ©
Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle

4
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, Onuma Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Hirosaki to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

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nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Lake Fujin), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Art Base & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planning website.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hakodate in April: highs in Sapporo hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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