28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Otaru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Train
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Train
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Morioka
— 3 nights
Train
8
Nikko
— 3 nights
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Sapporo — 6 nights

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 Sapporo's surroundings by going to Chitose (Lake Shikotsu, Onsen Resorts, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Moiwa.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planning app.

Charlotte, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Sapporo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: highs in Sapporo hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Otaru.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 8:

Otaru — 2 nights

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, then make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and finally delve into the distant past at Oshoro Annular Stone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji, then meet the residents at Otaru Aquarium, then get engrossed in the history at Otaru Minato Museum, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Otaru vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Shakotan-cho.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Shakotan-cho — 3 nights

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shakotan-cho: Shakotan Peninsula Blue Line (National Road Route 229) (in Yoichi-cho), Sai no Kawara (in Kamoenai-mura) and Cape Kabuto (in Tomari-mura). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, contemplate the long history of Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, and get great views at Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho visit planning site.

You can drive from Otaru to Shakotan-cho in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

Noboribetsu — 3 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noboribetsu: Cape Chikyu (in Muroran) and Showashinzan (in Sobetsu-cho). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, try out the rides at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and don't miss a visit to Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Shakotan-cho in June since evenings lows in Noboribetsu dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.
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Hakodate — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Hokuto (Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Lookout & Houkiji Temple) and Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park, Onuma Park Walking Path, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, and wander the streets of Motomachi.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hirosaki.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

Hirosaki — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hirosaki side-trips: Aomori (Aomori Museum of Art, Sannai-Maruyama Site, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, stroll around Hirosaki Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwaki, and look for gifts at Omoide Shop Sakura House.

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Traveling by train from Hakodate to Hirosaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Hirosaki are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Morioka.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Morioka — 3 nights

The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, then steep yourself in history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then take a stroll through Samurai District, and finally admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Sankozo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally make a trip to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Morioka online tour builder.

Traveling by train from Hirosaki to Morioka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hirosaki in June, with highs in Morioka at 76°F and lows at 65°F. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nikko.
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Nikko — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Utsunomiya (Oya temple & Oya History Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nikko route planner.

You can take a train from Morioka to Nikko in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

Hokkaido travel guide

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The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.
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