I’m tentatively planning a month long trip to Japan next year for the cherry blossom season. I’ve decided on the majority of my itinerary, but I’m trying to figure out the last eight days. I’m planning on heading to the Tohoku region as well as possibly hitting a couple of sites in Hokkaido, (mainly Hakodate, Sapporo, and Otaru). My current plan is as follows:
April 12th, Head around Nikko, then to Sendai and Matsushima.
13th, Go around Sendai and surrounding areas, (Hiraizumi and Yamadera, possibly).
14th, Head to Tsuruoka and spend the day there, (mainly Mt. Haguro)
15th, Head to Hakodate, stop by Akita, Hirosaki?
16th, Enjoy Hakodate, head to Sapporo.
17th, Enjoy Sapporo and Otaru.
18th Fly back to Tokyo, (maybe highway bus?)
19th Fly home.
My main questions are:
1.Would I be getting the most out of both regions with the extremely limited time I have? Or should I pick some different parts to focus on?
2. Should I focus on Tohoku this time around and try Hokkaido on another trip, in order to better enjoy the region?
This will be my third trip to Japan, so I"m hoping to see a lot more of the country than the usual tourist. My main interests are historical sites, religious sites, cherry blossom viewing, and getting as much off the beaten path as possible, (though I’d still like to see the major cities in each region). Thank you in advance for any advice!