Hokkaido and Aomori Private Spring Tour: Graceful Cherry Blossoms of Japan

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Did you know that North Japan is known as one of the very best cherry blossoms viewing locations in Japan? The blooming peak is from end of April until the start of May, approximately a month later than in Tokyo. This is a special private spring tour that has been created to let you enjoy the wonderful cherry blossoms, distinctive local culture and must-see sightseeing of Japan’s deep north, both in Tohoku region’s northernmost prefecture Aomori and Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

  1. DAY

    Aomori - Hirosaki

    Welcome to North Japan! You can reach Aomori prefecture comfortably by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo. On day one of your private North Japan tour, you will get your first taste of the unique local culture: Goshogawara city is famous for traditional summer festival called “Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival” presenting a parade of gigantic illuminated floats (“tachineputa”) with interesting shapes such as monsters or samurai. One can appreciate these over 20 meters high pieces of art at Tachineputa Hall from vicinity and point of view that would not be possible during the actual festivities. After the intriguing experience you will get to enjoy renowned Aomori apples during a special apple pie tasting session at traditional Japanese Garden built in 1919.

  2. DAY

    Hirosaki

    Today you will get to enjoy a very special cherry blossom viewing experience. Besides local sake and a bento lunch box – absolute must when it comes to Japanese flower viewing! – there will be a music performance featuring “Tsugaru-shamisen” a local version of traditional Japanese shamisen instrument. After enjoying the lunch that is a real feast for both the eyes and taste buds, you will get to try out playing this delicate instrument together with a local shamisen master. Finally, in the evening it will be nice to stroll around bustling Hirosaki Sakura Festival by Hirosaki Castle, that is Japan’s northernmost remaining castle tower and also a home to over 2000 cherry blossom trees.

  3. DAY

    Hirosaki - Hakodate

    Today your journey will continue towards Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido, but before leaving the main island behind there is still time to check some breathtaking Aomori locations. Tsuru-no-Mai Bridge – Literally “the Bridge of Dancing Cranes” – is Japan’s longest wooden bridge that attracts visitors from all over the country. From the bridge one can appreciate an outstanding view of Lake Tsugaru Fujimi and Mount Iwaki. After taking in the special scenery and passing through a 20 kilometers long avenue lined with light pink cherry blossom trees, it is time to head even deeper to the north by Hokkaido Shinkansen. In the city of Hakodate, you will encounter your first Hokkaido cherry blossom location: The famous star-shaped “Last Samurai Battlefield” of Fort Goryokaku!

  4. DAY

    Hakodate - Lake Toya

    Good morning Hokkaido! Today will be a great day for some relaxing outdoor activities for a chance of pace. After enjoying sightseeing including peculiar Hakodate architecture and picturesque weeping cherry trees of Hokkiji Temple, you will arrive to Onuma Park, north of Hakodate. This is an excellent location for some peaceful springtime canoeing. Make your way in the calm waters of Lake Onuma spotted with islets, with the peculiar-shaped silhouette of Mount Komagatake on the background. After some workout it will feel amazing to dip into natural “onsen” hot springs in the evening when you arrive to at scenic Lake Toya, another must-see location of Hokkaido.

  5. DAY

    lake Toya - Sapporo

    Leaving scenic Lake Toya behind, the first stop of the day is going to be the famous Yoichi Nikka Whisky Distillery. Here you can learn about traditional distillation process methods and of course get your share of the excellent Nikka Whisky. The next must-see location before Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo is going to be the charming seaside city of Otaru known for its fresh sushi and historical sites such as Otaru Canal. You can stroll along the city’s long historical merchants’ street full of glass artisans’ boutiques and lovely music box shops. In the evening you can perhaps dive into the buzzing Sapporo nightlife at the city’s lively Susukino district.

  6. DAY

    Sapporo - New Chitose Airport

    Today is the last day of your spring adventure in North Japan. Before heading to New Chitose Airport with private airport transfer, there you can do some shopping and enjoy Sapporo sightseeing at your leisure. The main sightseeing spots, such as wooden Sapporo Clock Tower, Old Government Building made of warm red bricks and the iconic red and white TV Tower standing in Odori Park, are within walking distance from each other. If you have not had enough of cherry blossom viewing, Odori Park that cuts central Sapporo into half, is also a nice location for some final cherry blossom viewing!

JOURNEY

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  1. DAY

    AAomori

    BHirosaki

  2. DAY

    BHirosaki

    CHirosaki

  3. DAY

    CHirosaki

    DHakodate

  4. DAY

    DHakodate

    ELake Toya

  5. DAY

    ELake Toya

    FSapporo

  6. DAY

    FSapporo

    GNew Chitose Airport

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