59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hachimantai
— 5 nights
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Hashikami-cho
— 3 nights
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Towada
— 3 nights
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Hirosaki
— 5 nights
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Fukaura-machi
— 3 nights
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Mutsu
— 3 nights
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Sai-mura
— 3 nights
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Sotogahama-machi
— 5 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
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Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Furano
— 5 nights
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Kushiro
— 3 nights
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Nemuro
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Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jodogahama Beach and Ryusendo Limestone Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hachimantai: Unosu Cliff (in Tanohata-mura), Miyako (Taro Kanko Hotel, Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise, &more) and Iwate Kodomono Mori (in Ichinohe-machi).

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hachimantai holiday builder website.

Expect a daytime high around 39°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hashikami-cho.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mt. Hayachine ©
Mt. Hayachine
Jodogahama  Beach ©
Jodogahama Beach
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave

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Hashikami-cho

Hashikami-cho ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kujikohaku Museum and Kabutoiwa, Truikanedo. Venture out of the city with trips to Taneichi Marine Side Park (in Hirono-cho), Kuji (Rikuchu Natsui Station, Tsuriganedo, &more) and Ninohe (Nohe Castle Ruins & Shigeo Fukuda Design Museum).

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hashikami-cho trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Hachimantai to Hashikami-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Hashikami-cho

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mt. Hashikami ©
Mt. Hashikami
Kujikohaku Museum ©
Kujikohaku Museum
Kosode Ama Center ©
Kosode Ama Center

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Misawa Aviation & Science Museum and Onsen Resorts. Change things up with these side-trips from Towada: Kosaka Tetsudo Rail Park (in Kosaka-machi), Misawa (Terayama Shuji Memorial & Misawa City Shiminnomori Park) and Oirase-cho (Aguri no Sato Oirase, Kehi Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Maidens.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada trip planner.

Getting from Hashikami-cho to Towada by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Towada can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Museums · Nature · Baths

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kosaka Tetsudo Rail Park ©
Kosaka Tetsudo Rail Park
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hirosaki Park and Jogakura Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hirosaki: Kuroishi (Onsen Resorts & Nakano Momijiyama), Ajigasawa-machi (Shirakami no Mori Trail & Aomori Spring Ski Resort) and Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Site, Jomon Jiyukan, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, steep yourself in history at Too Gijyuku Gaijin Kyoshikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple, and walk around Hirosaki Apple Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hirosaki attractions planning app.

You can drive from Towada to Hirosaki in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Towada in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Hirosaki, with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fukaura-machi.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden ©
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Jomon Jiyukan ©
Jomon Jiyukan

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Fukaura-machi

Fukaura-machi ©
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Juniko and The Hill with Windmill Shirakami Observation Deck. Explore Fukaura-machi's surroundings by going to Hachimori Kankoichi (in Happo-cho) and Noshiro (Kaze no Matsubara & Hamanasu Observatory).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukaura-machi sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Fukaura-machi in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Fukaura-machi can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mutsu.

Things to do in Fukaura-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Juniko ©
Lake Juniko
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Senjyojiki Beach ©
Senjyojiki Beach

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Mutsu

Mutsu ©
Mutsu is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 59,807, and a population density of 69.2 persons per km², in 29,304 households. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiriyazaki and Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Mutsu side-trips: Kazamaura-mura (Strait Isaribi Park, Dream Oma Railroad Arch Bridge - Memorial Raod, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hokuyokan, don't miss a visit to Former Ominato Water Supply Source Facility, explore the activities along Lake Usoriyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsuji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mutsu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fukaura-machi to Mutsu takes 4.5 hours. In December in Mutsu, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Sai-mura.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Shiriyazaki ©
Shiriyazaki
Osorezan ©
Osorezan

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Sai-mura

Sai-mura ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Omazaki Cape and Kaikyo Line. Explore Sai-mura's surroundings by going to Oma-machi (Omasaki Lighthouse, Oma Tourist Souvenir Center, &more).

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sai-mura journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mutsu to Sai-mura takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sai-mura can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Sotogahama-machi.

Things to do in Sai-mura

Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Gankake Park ©
Gankake Park
Omazaki  Cape ©
Omazaki Cape
Hotokegaura Parking ©
Hotokegaura Parking

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Sotogahama-machi

Sotogahama-machi ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tourist Information Center and Tappizaki Cape. Change things up with these side-trips from Sotogahama-machi: Takayamainari Shrine (in Tsugaru), Matsumae-cho (Kouzenji Temple, Hodoji, &more) and Seikan Tunnel Museum (in Fukushima-cho).

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sotogahama-machi tour app.

Drive from Sai-mura to Sotogahama-machi in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sotogahama-machi are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sotogahama-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kouzenji Temple ©
Kouzenji Temple
Tourist Information Center ©
Tourist Information Center
Monument of Dazai Osamu Literature ©
Monument of Dazai Osamu Literature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market and then contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakodate tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Sotogahama-machi to Hakodate in 5.5 hours. In December in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Toya Ranch and Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path. Venture out of the city with trips to Zenkoji Temple (in Date), Tokkarisho Lookout (in Muroran) and Sobetsu Park (in Sobetsu-cho). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kuttara, learn more about the world around you at Toyako Visitor Center, and enjoy breathtaking views from Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu sightseeing app.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°F, and evening lows to 25°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya Ranch ©
Lake Toya Ranch
Tomakomai City Science Center ©
Tomakomai City Science Center

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hokkaido Backcountry Club and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Venture out of the city with trips to Yoichi-cho (Candle Rock, Universe Memorial Hall Yoichi, &more), Akaigawa-mura (Yamanaka Dairy Farm & Hiyamizu Toge Karudera Viewing Platform) and Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho). There's much more to do: walk around Fukidashi Park, stop by Boot Solutions Niseko, get engrossed in the history at Arishima Memorial Center, and head outdoors with Niseko Outdoor Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho tour builder website.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Noboribetsu, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of 27°F to lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club

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Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Kamui and Shakotan Peninsula. Explore Shakotan-cho's surroundings by going to Yoichi-cho (Yoichi Smoked Foods Shop NAMPO, Old Yoichi Fukuhara Gyojo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cape Shakotan, contemplate the long history of Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya, and kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shakotan-cho online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and The Site of Temiya Line. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Thermal Spas (in Chitose). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 22°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glass Forest in FURANO and Asahi-dake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Furano: Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls, Shirogane Blue Pond, &more), HOA Hokkaido Outdoor Adventures (in Hidaka-cho) and Sugatami no Ike Lake (in Higashikawa-cho). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, stop by Furano Marche, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and make a trip to Ikutora Station.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Furano driving holiday planner.

Drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in January, Furano is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Glass Forest in FURANO ©
Glass Forest in FURANO
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

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Kushiro

Kushiro ©
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nusamai Bridge and Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan. Get out of town with these interesting Kushiro side-trips: Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura), Akke Mikaku Terminal Conchiglie (in Akkeshi-cho) and Tawadaira (in Shibecha-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake, take in panoramic vistas at Kushiro Marsh Observatory, make a trip to Kushiro Kobunkan, and snap pictures at Takimi Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kushiro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Furano to Kushiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Furano in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kushiro: temperatures range from 31°F by day to 14°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nemuro.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Nusamai Bridge ©
Nusamai Bridge
Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo ©
Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo

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Nemuro

Nemuro ©
Nemuro is a city and port located in Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notsuke Peninsula and Northern Natural Flower Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nemuro: Betsukai-cho (Todowara & Old Okuyukiusu Ekiteisho) and Hamanaka-cho (Azechi no Misaki, MG Road, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Cape Nosappu, explore the striking landscape at Nemuro Kurumaishi, make a trip to The Nortern Island Comunity Center, Hokkaido, and admire the striking features of AuroraTower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nemuro trip builder site.

You can drive from Kushiro to Nemuro in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nemuro are 27°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nemuro

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula
Cape Nosappu ©
Cape Nosappu
Kiritappu Cape ©
Kiritappu Cape