8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Akita
— 1 night
Drive
3
Semboku
— 1 night
Train

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nights
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.
You've now added Hirosaki Apple Park to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Ajiga Sawa Sumo Museum Mainoumi Furusato Sajiki and Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Iwaki Lifts and Aomori Spring Ski Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hirosaki: Aomori (Komakino Ruins, Auga, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Former Umeda Family Residence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple, and stop by Shikisaikan.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip builder.

Tokyo to Hirosaki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Hirosaki at 39°F and lows at 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Akita.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, browse the eclectic array of goods at Akita Public Market, then stop by Akita Kensanhin Plaza, and finally see the interesting displays at Mining Museum of Akita University.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Akita travel route planning website.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Akita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Akita can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Shopping

1
night
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 26th (Fri), wander the streets of Samurai District, admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then contemplate the long history of Tennei-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Omoide no Katabunko.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Semboku online road trip planner.

Drive from Akita to Semboku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Semboku sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.