8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Akita
1
Akita
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Owani-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
End: Akita

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Our Lady of Akita and Nanohana Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akita: Photo Gallery Blue Hole (in Katagami) and Oga (Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck & Unsho-ji Temple). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mining Museum of Akita University, admire the natural beauty at Nida no Akitafuki, get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, and buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Akita holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Sendai Airport, Niigata Airport and Hakodate Airport. In January, daytime highs in Akita are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Akita

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oga, Nanohana Road, Photo Gallery Blue Hole
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Hitotsumori Park ©
Hitotsumori Park
Our Lady of Akita ©
Our Lady of Akita
Mining Museum of Akita University ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tazawako Ski Resort and then take in the pleasant sights at Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Semboku vacation maker app .

Traveling by train from Akita to Semboku takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Semboku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Owani-machi.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Tazawako Ski Resort ©
Tazawako Ski Resort
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine

1
night
Owani-machi

Owani-machi ©
Seifuso has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Mon), soak in some Japanese tradition at Seifuso, tour the pleasant surroundings at Owani Onsen Ski Area, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daien-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Owani-machi trip planner.

Getting from Semboku to Owani-machi by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Owani-machi can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Owani-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Seifuso
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Daien-ji Temple ©
Daien-ji Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Aomori Spring Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Hirosaki Apple Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hirosaki holiday planner.

You can drive from Owani-machi to Hirosaki in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Hirosaki can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Aomori Spring Ski Resort
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Aomori Spring Ski Resort ©
Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Hirosaki Apple Park ©
Hirosaki Apple Park
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden ©
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden