Tokyo → Sendai,Miyagi →Dewa-Sanzan,Yamagata→Oga Peninsula, Akita→Lake Towada, Aomori →Hakodate→ Jozankei→ Asahikawa→Furano →Akan→Shiretoko→ Kushiro→ Sapporo→Kanazawa →Kyoto
Day 1 / Tokyo → Kamakura → Hakone
Tokyo→ Yokohama Bay Bridge→Yamashita Park→Yokohama China Town→Great Buddha of Kamakura→Shichirigahama Beach→Odawara→Hakone Onsen
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha that is located on the grounds of the Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan (the largest is located in the Todaiji Temple in Nara).
[Stay in Hakone]
Day 2 / Hakone → Tokyo
Hakone→Open air Sculpture Museum →Owakudani →Kojiri → Cataramaran ferry→ Lake Ashino Checkpoint → Odawara →Tokyo
Owakudani is the area around a crater created in the last eruption of Mount Hakone 3000 years ago. Sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced on a walk around the area. Eggs, boiled in the naturally hot waters.
[Stay in Tokyo]
Crater in Owakudani
Day 3 / Tokyo → Sendai, Miyagi
The nickname of Sendai “Mori no miyako” (City of green) illustrates Sendai perfectly. The city has a rich cultural heritage stretching back 400 years to its founding by feudal lord Date Masamune.The Sendai Tanabata Festival held in summer is considered one of the four greatest festivals in the Tohoku region. In Sendai,we will take you to Aobajo castle ,Zuihoden, and then take a ferry from Shiogama for Matsushima to enjoy the scenery from the ferry.
[Stay in Akiu Onsen,Miyagi]
Sendai Tanabata Festival
Day 4 / Sendai → Dewa-Sanzan → Tendo
We will take you to Dewa sanzan, the three sacred mountains of Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono. Those mountains were opened as a religious center 1400 years ago. Whatever your religious persuasion, there is a strangely magical atmosphere at Haguro, which should leave you feeling moved and spiritually cleansed. Yamadera is a “Must see” in the Tohoku region. Tendo is famous for production of pieces for Shogi, Japanese Chess.
[Stay at Kagaya Ryokan]
Yamabushi, a mountain ascetics
Day 5 / Tendo → Oga Peninsula, Akita → Lake Towada, Aomori
In Oga, people believe that Namahage chase away bad luck and evil spirits with their loud voices and noisy actions through the ritual, which is an old and important folk-cultural event.
At Namahage museum, you can learn about Namahage, and you will have a chance to change into a Namahage!
[Stay in Towada]
Day 6 / Lake Towada, Aomori→ Oirase Valley→ Aomori→ Hakodate
Enjoy the view from a sightseeing boat, strolling along the bank from Katsura-ga-hama, and visiting nearby Oirase. A three - hour hike through the spectacular gorge for you features fourteen waterfalls.
From Aomori, you can take Seikan Tunnel, which is a 53.85 km (33.49 mile) railway tunnel. At night, you can enjoy the nightview of Hakodate which is one of the 3 most beautiful nightviews in the world besides Hong Kong and Napolis.
[Stay in Hakodate]
Day 7 / Hakodate → Jozankei
Hakodate → Oshamanbe → Trappist Monastery →Lake Toya → Cruise → Mt.Showashinzan → Jozankei Onsen
Mt.Showa Sinzan is still sulfureous today, and stands directly next to Mt.Usu, which bears responsibility for the new mountain’s birth. You can get good views of the young volcano by taking the Usuzan Ropeway.
[Stay in Jozankei Hot spring town]
Day 8 / Jozankei → Asahikawa
Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa is a Unique Zoo.
There are many unique interactive animal viewing facilities here at Japan's northernmost zoo. This provides an environment where each species can use their abilities and a space where each animal can be relaxed.
Asahikawa → Furano
For 3 seasons of the year, the vibrant colors of Furano’s flowers, the lavender and the rivers and the mountains create a magic which must be experienced to be believed. We will take you to fascinating flower fields and the breathtaking scenery of Hokkaido’s countryside and amazing art galleries.
[Stay in Furano]
Flower fields in Frano
Day 9 / Furano → Akan
Ainu are an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaidō. There are most likely over 150,000 Ainu today. You can go to “Ainukotan” to learn about Ainu people and see old rite dance. After that, you can enjoy from the sightseeing boat on Lake Akan and see “Marimo”, round green alga. And then, it is nice to make yourself feel relaxed and go into a hot spring in Lake Akan hotspring town.
[Stay in Akan]
Day 10 & 11 / Akan → Shiretoko
FShiretoko in northeastern Hokkaido becomes the Japan's third World Natural Heritage Site in 1993. You can have a lecture on the nature of Shiretoko, and then enjoy the eco tour. In winter, Ice floes can be seen in winter.
[Stay in Shiretoko]
Eco Tour in Shiretoko
Day 12 / Shiretoko → Kushiro
Kushiro Marsh Land is located on the Pacific coast in Eastern Hokkaido. Kushiro City is blessed with magnificent nature, which has Kushiro Marsh Land National Park covering an area of 27,000 hectares where neither cars nor visitors are allowed to enter. You can take the slowest train in Japan, called ”Norokko-go” to enjoy the extraordinary sights of Kushiro Marsh Land.
[Stay in Shiretoko]
Norokko trainin in Kushiro Marsh Land
Day 13 / Kushito → Sapporo
Susukino is one of Japan's largest entertainment districts, with nearly 4500 restaurants serving sushi and other local cuisine, clubs, bars, and "karaoke" venues. You can enjoy at Izakaya, Japanese style bar in Susukino.
[Stay in Sapporo]
Susukino in Sapporo
Day 14 / Sapporo → Kanazawa
KKanazawa is one of Japan's foremost castle towns. First you will visit Kanazawa Castle, reconstructed and re-opened to the public recently. And then walk to Higashiyama Geisha district where still preserves an aspect of the Kanazawa feudal times, showing the picturesque atmosphere of the wooden lattice fronts of old geisha houses.
A certified expert guide can provides special information on Japanese history, archaeology, monuments and attractions, places of interest and any general matters of interest to you.
You can stay over night at any type of accommodation in Kanazawa.
[Stay in Kanazawa]
Higashiyama Geisha District
Day 15 / Kanazawa
Today we will take you to Noto Peninsula. First, we will visit Kita Family who once wealthy kaga landowners descended from the famous warrior Nitta Yoshisada. The Kita family preserves articles and artifacts giving us a glimpse of Japanese life during that period.
And then you can enjoy the beautiful coastline. Noto Kongo referes to the magnificent, long stretch of shoreline on the west side of the peninsula. The continuous pounding of the sea has formed many beautiful rock formations.
[Stay in Kanazawa]
Beautiful silhouette at sunset
Day 16 / Kanazawa → Kyoto
Sanju-sangen-do →Yogenin → Chishakuin → Kyoto National museum → Toyokuni Shrine → Kawai Kanjiro Memorial house
Sanjusangendo was originally built in 1164. This temple features a huge hall containing 1,001figures of Kannon carved in the 12th and 13th centuries. Kanjiro Kawai's home in Kyoto was made into his memorial museum and it shows his life. Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) was one of the best potter in the Japanese contemporary ceramc history, and also great leader of Mingei Movement in 20th century. It is a must see for anyone visiting beautiful Kyoto.
[Stay in Kyoto]
Kawai Kanjiro Memorial House
Day 17 / Kyoto
Shimogamo Shrine→Tadasu no Mori→Imura art Museum→Kyoto Gosho→Shijo Kawaramachi
Shimogamo Shrine is dedicated to the god of thunder and has one of the few real expanses of lawn in the city. Located in an historical area of Shinto priests' houses, linked by a narrow stream, the shrine and its environs make for a very pleasant and relaxing stroll.
[Stay in Kyoto]