60 days in Hokkaido, Tohoku & Kanto Itinerary

60 days in Hokkaido, Tohoku & Kanto Itinerary

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60 days in Hokkaido, Tohoku & Kanto Itinerary

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
11
Tokyo
— 7 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk and Ginga no Mori Astronomical Observatory. Your inner history buff will appreciate MG Road and Yomemachi Furusatokan. Get out of town with these interesting Teshikaga-cho side-trips: Kushiro (Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine, Kushiro Children's Museum Kodomo Yugakukan, & more) and Chiharu Matsuyama’s House (in Ashoro-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, tee off at Kyumarumaru Sogen, ride a horse along Kawayu Park Ranch, and examine the collection at Kawayu Eco Museum Center.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Teshikaga-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Teshikaga-cho is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Teshikaga-cho are a bit cooler (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, Ginga no Mori Astronomical Observatory, MG Road, Chiharu Matsuyama’s House
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 2:
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Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and Shiretoko Misaki. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shibetsu Salmon Park and Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Rausu-cho (Onsen Resorts, Rusa Field House, & more) and Abashiri (Abashiri Coast, Abashiri Historical Museum, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raiun Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho road trip tool .

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can 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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Abashiri Coast ©
Abashiri Coast
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Otaru-shi General Museum and The Hokkaido University Museum. Sapporo Art Museum and Toyako Volcano Science Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Spas (in Noboribetsu), The Site of Temiya Line (in Otaru) and Asahikawashi Museum (in Asahikawa). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, make a trip to Hokkaido University Agricultural Department Farm 2, and get to know the fascinating history of Ebetsu Kofungun.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Sapporo sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Rebun-to.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Otaru, Spas, Asahikawashi Museum, 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): head off the coast to Rebun Island, don't miss a visit to Sky cape, then take in the spiritual surroundings of 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, get great views at Sukoton Cape, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rebun.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rebun-to trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sapporo to Rebun-to. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 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
Sky cape
Sky 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Nishizakiyama Stone Circle, then explore the activities along Shimamu Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya, make a trip to Rita Road, get engrossed in the history at Yoichi Fisheries Museum, then make a trip to Setakamui Rock, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rebun-to to Shakotan-cho. October in Shakotan-cho sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Setakamui Rock
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Explore hidden gems such as Trappist Monasteries and Matsumae Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Ruins of Matsumae Clan Hekirichi Jinya (in Hokuto), Esashi-cho (Kaiyomaru & Esashi Oiwake Kaikan / Esashi Dashi Kaikan) and Hokkaido Konbukan (in Nanae-cho). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, examine the collection at Yokozuna Chiyonoyama Chiyonofuji Kinenkan, get engrossed in the history at Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum, and stroll the grounds of Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hakodate trip site .

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate takes 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Hokuto, Matsumae-gun, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido Konbukan
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Towada Art Center and Choshi Otaki Waterfall. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hachinohe City Museum and Towada Local Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Towada side-trips: Hachinohe City Historic Site Nejo Square (in Hachinohe) and Onsen Resorts (in Aomori). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, get outside with Tsuta Numa, and make a trip to Oirase Yusuikan.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Towada trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hakodate to Towada by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Towada, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hirosaki Castle and Iwakiyama Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hirosaki Apple Park and Former Hirosaki City Library. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum, steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture, pause for some serene contemplation at Hirosaki Catholic Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hirosaki trip planner .

You can drive from Towada to Hirosaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Towada in October since evenings lows in Hirosaki dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 3:
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Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine
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 discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Haguro and Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium. You'll explore and learn at Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum and Ideha Cultural Memorial Hall. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Tamugimata Layered Housing.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tsuruoka attractions app .

Drive from Hirosaki to Tsuruoka in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hirosaki in November: high temperatures in Tsuruoka hover around 54°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel 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.
Let the collections at Kanaya Hotel History House and Honda Collection Hall capture your imagination. Visit Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Cryptomeria Avenue for their historical value. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Furumine Jinja (in Kanuma) and Gunma Natural Museum (in Tomioka). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, explore the activities along Sainoko Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinno-ji Temple.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko tour app .

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Nikko takes 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tsuruoka in November since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Honda Collection Hall, Furumine Jinja, Gunma Natural Museum
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 16:
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and Hakone Museum of Art. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nezu Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)) and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) (in Chichibu). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, and explore the galleries of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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