Welcome to the TravelPod forums
This is the place where TravelPod bloggers exchange travel tips with each other. Have a question? Ask one of our Local Experts by clicking "new topic" in any category.

Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Hokkaido overland to Tokyo in Sept.
post Aug 6 2010, 02:14 AM
Post #1


Group: Members
Posts: 2
Joined: 6-August 10
Member No.: 1209531
Nominate me as a Local Expert

We are flying up to Sapporo on arrival at Tokyo in Sept. and after 4 days in Hokkaido will make our way down to Tokyo again. We've got 3 weeks and have been to most parts of Japan in three previous visits...we're 60 ish so no loong hikes ok?

We're thinking Sapporo-Hirosaki-Morioka-Sendai-Aizu-Matsumoto-Kiso Valley-Tokyo and it looks like a JREast 3 day pass would take care of the longer distances while we would like to rent a car sometimes to get to interesting places along the way.

Has anyone done this route and can advise on not to be missed sights and experiences please?

cheers air_kiss.gif
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
post Aug 11 2010, 11:31 AM
Post #2


Group: Local Expert
Posts: 30
Joined: 20-July 06
Member No.: 9417

Hokkaido's a beautiful part of the country, and probably the only area of Japan where you can encounter vast tracts of wilderness with little to no sign of human habitation. That said, I haven't really hit any of the parks and (non-urban) scenic spots yet, so I can't advise on hiking and the like. Daisetsuzan tends to get good marks though, and it's fairly close to Sapporo. What advice I would give, however, is to tack on Hakodate, which is probably the nicest city in Hokkaido, and certainly one with a good deal of visible history.

Around Morioka, you have Kakunodate close to Tazawa-ko in neighboring Akita Prefecture - a great, picturesque town full of old samurai residences. And between Morioka and Sendai, Hiraizumi is a very worthwhile stop, with the unique and stunning golden hall at Chūson-ji. And just east of Sendai there's Matsushima, which I'd also highly recommend. While you're going through Tohoku though, you really should try and hit at least one hot spring: a few famous ones along your route would be Akiu Onsen near Sendai, Nyuto Onsen close to Kakunodate/Tazawa-ko and Hachimantai close to Morioka (also a prime hiking spot).

I've never had the luxury of traveling Hokkaido or Tohoku by car, but those two regions of Japan are made for it: lower population, little overall traffic, lots of scenic drives. The distances can be large, but you'll have much greater flexibility in your planning that way.
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic


- Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 14th September 2014 - 09:53 PM
Top Hotel Destinations in Japan

Atami Hotels
Beppu Hotels
Chino Hotels
Chiyoda Hotels
Chuo Hotels
Fukuoka Hotels
Hakodate Hotels
Hakone Hotels
Hakuba-mura Hotels
Hiroshima Hotels
Hokuto Hotels
Ito Hotels
Izu Hotels
Kanazawa Hotels
Kobe Hotels
Kumamoto Hotels
Kyoto Hotels
Matsumoto Hotels
Minamiuonuma Hotels
Minato Hotels
Myoko Hotels
Nagano Hotels
Nagasaki Hotels
Nagoya Hotels
Naha Hotels
Narita Hotels
Nasu-machi Hotels
Niigata Hotels
Nikko Hotels
Osaka Hotels
Sapporo Hotels
Sendai Hotels
Shimoda Hotels
Shinjuku Hotels
Taito Hotels
Takayama Hotels
Toba Hotels
Tokyo Hotels
Ueda Hotels
Yokohama Hotels

Copyright © 1997 - 2011 TravelPod.com, a proud founder of travel blogs on the web. All Rights Reserved.