10 days in Tokyo, Sendai & Hokkaido Itinerary

10 days in Tokyo, Sendai & Hokkaido Itinerary

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10 days in Tokyo, Sendai & Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary maker app .

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Okunikkawa Ravine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and then make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, see the interesting displays at Tanabata Museum, make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, then step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), and finally make a trip to Sendai Station.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai online trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and finally contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planner .

Traveling by train from Sendai to Hakodate takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sendai in December, things will get a bit cooler in Hakodate: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally walk around Odori Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, and then get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 32°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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