60 days in Hokkaido, Tohoku & Kanto Itinerary

60 days in Hokkaido, Tohoku & Kanto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  19 h 30 min
1
Teshikaga-cho
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Shari-cho
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Rebun-to
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 15 min
5
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Hakodate
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Towada
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Hirosaki
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Tsuruoka
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Nikko
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

6
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk and Yomemachi Furusatokan will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Kawayu Eco Museum Center and Ginga no Mori Astronomical Observatory capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Teshikaga-cho: Kushiro (Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine, Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan, &more), Chiharu Matsuyama’s House (in Ashoro-cho) and MG Road (in Hamanaka-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, test the waters at a local thermal spa, enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mashu.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho road trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Teshikaga-cho is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Teshikaga-cho is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Teshikaga-cho are little chillier (67°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kushiro, Chiharu Matsuyama’s House, Ginga no Mori Astronomical Observatory, MG Road
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 2:
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Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk ©
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk
Kawayu Eco Museum Center ©
Kawayu Eco Museum Center

6
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Visit Raiun Shrine and Rausu Shrine for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Rusa Field House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Shibetsu Salmon Park (in Shibetsu-cho), Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Abashiri Coast, &more) and Onsen Resorts (in Rausu-cho). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Misaki, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, explore the world behind art at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho road trip planning app.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Abashiri, Rausu-cho, Shibetsu Salmon Park
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:
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Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

6
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.
Let the collections at Sapporo Art Museum and Otaru-shi General Museum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari Shrine and Hokkaido University Agricultural Department Farm 2. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Noboribetsu), Asahikawashi Museum (in Asahikawa) and The Site of Temiya Line (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, admire the masterpieces at Arte Piazza Bibai, contemplate the long history of The Site of Kairakuen Park, and don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rebun-to.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Otaru, Ebetsu Kofungun, Spas, Arte Piazza Bibai, Toyako Volcano Science Museum
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
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Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

2
nights
Rebun-to

Rebun-to ©
Rebun-to is a town located in Sōya Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. On the 15th (Tue), head off the coast to Rebun Island, don't miss a visit to Sky cape, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minai Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Momoiwa Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kita no Canaria Park, then take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rebun.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rebun-to trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sapporo to Rebun-to. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Rebun-to

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rebun-cho
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Rebun Island ©
Rebun Island
Minai Shrine ©
Minai Shrine
Sukoton Cape ©
Sukoton Cape

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Nishizakiyama Stone Circle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya, make a trip to Rita Road, then take an in-depth tour of Yoichi Fisheries Museum, then don't miss a visit to Setakamui Rock, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rebun-to to Shakotan-cho. In October, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Setakamui Rock
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Setakamui Rock ©
Setakamui Rock

5
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.
Let the collections at Yokozuna Chiyonoyama Chiyonofuji Kinenkan and Esashi Oiwake Kaikan / Esashi Dashi Kaikan capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Motomachi and Trappist Monasteries. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakodate: Kaiyomaru (in Esashi-cho), Hokkaido Konbukan (in Nanae-cho) and Matsumae Castle (in Matsumae-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate day trip planner.

Getting from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Esashi-cho, Hokuto, Yokozuna Chiyonoyama Chiyonofuji Kinenkan, Hokkaido Konbukan, Matsumae Castle
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

5
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Get some cultural insight at Towada Art Center and Towada Shrine. Let the collections at Hachinohe City Museum and Towada Local Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Towada: Hachinohe City Historic Site Nejo Square (in Hachinohe) and Onsen Resorts (in Aomori). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, pause for some photo ops at Todo Seihyo Monument, and head outdoors with Tsuta Numa.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Towada day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Towada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Hakodate in October, Towada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hachinohe, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hirosaki Castle and Too Gijyuku Gaijin Kyoshikan. Visit Iwakiyama Shrine and Former Umeda Family Residence for their historical value. The adventure continues: walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple, contemplate the long history of Western Style Architecture, and don't miss a visit to Former Hirosaki City Library.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki online day trip planner.

You can drive from Towada to Hirosaki in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Towada in October, Hirosaki is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Former Hirosaki City Library ©
Former Hirosaki City Library

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum and Taihinkan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mt. Haguro and Remains of Kinseinenju Checking Point. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, contemplate the long history of Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, don't miss a visit to Heishindo-Former Kazama Family Residence, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tsuruoka trip planning app.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Tsuruoka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hirosaki in November; daily highs in Tsuruoka reach 54°F and lows reach 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:
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Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Gyokusenji Temple ©
Gyokusenji Temple

7
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Gunma Natural Museum and Kanaya Hotel History House. Explore hidden gems such as Cryptomeria Avenue and Mt. Nantai. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Honda Collection Hall (in Motegi-machi) and Furumine Jinja (in Kanuma). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan jinja, explore the activities along Sainoko Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko journey app.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Tsuruoka in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Nikko. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Honda Collection Hall, Gunma Natural Museum, Furumine Jinja
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and National Museum of Western Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama), Kencho-ji Temple (in Kamakura) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Yanaka, have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, and admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, Hakone Museum of Art, Mitsumine Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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