23 days in Hokkaido, Tohoku & Kansai Itinerary

23 days in Hokkaido, Tohoku & Kansai Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
2
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
3
Sapporo
— 3 nights
4
Towada
— 2 nights
5
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
7
Tanabe
— 2 nights
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights

3
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park and Hosooka Observation. Venture out of the city with trips to Abashiri (Mokoto Station Building & Abashiri Prison Museum), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Kaiyodai Observatory (in Nakashibetsu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary planning app.

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 to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Teshikaga-cho hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Abashiri, Hosooka Observation, Lake Onneto, Kaminoko Pond, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
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Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park ©
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): cruise along Road to Heaven, explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck, thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, thencruise along Shiretoko Pass, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho journey maker website.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hokkaido
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Pass
Shiretoko Pass
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park, head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout, walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, and steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip website.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Shikotsu, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Moerenuma Park ©
Moerenuma Park
Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, thenexplore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Maidens. On the next day, explore the activities along Oirase River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains, and then get curious at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Towada online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Towada by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Towada are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Aomori Prefecture, Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Oirase River ©
Oirase River

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, thendelve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, thenstep into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, and finally walk around Hirosaki Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Tachineputa No Yakata, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hirosaki trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Towada to Hirosaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Towada in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hirosaki, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aomori, Tachineputa No Yakata
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine
Mt. Iwaki ©
Mt. Iwaki

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hirosaki to Nachikatsura-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hirosaki in May, expect Nachikatsura-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 18th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, thenindulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally get outside with Shirarahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Senjojiki and then hike along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tanabe trip website.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Tanabe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Tanabe sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
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Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site ©
Onsen Resorts
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Izanagi Shrine and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyazu (Amanohashidate & Amanohashidate View Land), Byodoin (in Uji) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwagami Shrine, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tanabe in May, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Awaji, Miyazu, Hikone Castle, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)

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