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Hakone/Atami – Nagoya

Day X Hakone/Atami – Nagoya

Start: Hakone/Atami (箱根/熱海)
Finish: Nagoya (名古屋)
Mileage:320km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you are heading from Hakone/Atami to Nagoya.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Hakone/Atami

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9:00

The mileage is 320km, which is quite long, so we recommend starting early. Also, be sure to use the expressway where it can be used, and try to shorten the travel time.




55 min

2

Numazu Fish Maket

Parking MAPCODE:

650 583 338What is MAPCODE?

Numazu Fish Market where you can enjoy fresh seafood

9:55

If you can get up early, we recommend eating breakfast at [Numazu Fish Maket]. There are some restaurant streets where you can enjoy fresh seafood just landed at Numazu Port, and it is crowded with many tourists every day.




80 min

3

Nihondaira

Parking MAPCODE:

25 506 394What is MAPCODE?

Panoramic view of Nihondaira

12:15

Next, take the highway (E1) to [Nihondaira]. This is a hilly area with an altitude of 307m. The panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Shimizu Port, the Izu Peninsula, and the Southern Alps below is truly one of the best views in Japan. You can drive to the top of the hill.




65 min

4

Tea Museum Shizuoka

Parking MAPCODE:

83 826 256What is MAPCODE?

Tea Museum Shizuoka

14:05

The next recommendation is [Tea Museum Shizuoka], a museum specializing in tea. Shizuoka is the largest producer of tea in Japan. In addition to a museum that introduces the tea industry, history, culture, and functionality, there are also Japanese gardens, tea rooms, restaurants, and shops. Of cause you can enjoy high quarity tea and tea products.

Matcha ice cream of different thickness




70 min

For lunch on this day, we recommend the eel meal. Lake Hamana, which you pass through on this day, is famous for its eels, and there are many eel restaurants. Hamamatsu, where Lake Hamana is located, is also famous for its Hamamatsu dumplings, which are recommended for people who don’t like eel.

Lake Hamana, famous for eels
Hamamatsu Gyoza is very healty

5

Toyokawa Inari Temple

Parking MAPCODE:

43 542 635What is MAPCODE?

Toyokawa Inari Temple is also called “Fox Temple”

16:10

The last place to visit on this day is [Toyokawa Inari Temple]. During the Edo period (1603-1868), Toyokawa Inari spread throughout the country as a god of prosperous business, family safety, and good fortune among the common people. Even now, about 5 million people visit here every year.

You can enjoy shopping and eating at road to Toyokawa Inari Temple




70 min

6

Inn in Nagoya

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:55

Nagoya offers a variety of delicious gourmet foods. In particular, hitsumabushi, miso katsu, miso stewed udon, Nagoya cochin, and kishimen are recommended.




Hamamatsu Flower Park (MAPCODE: 26 301 786) is recommended for travelers traveling between late March and late April. Various seasonal flowers bloom here almost all year round, but cherry blossoms and tulips (late March to mid-April) and wisteria (mid-April to late April) are especially recommended.

Hamamatsu Flower Park where various seasonal flowers bloom almost all year round

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Where to stay in Nagoya

Nagoya is the 3rd biggest city in Japan and the gateway of central Japan travel. Chubu Centrair International Airport and Nagoya station are 50km away and take 45min by expressway. There are hundreds of accommodations around Nagoya Station and the Sakae downtown area.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Nagoya – Hakone/Atami

Day X Nagoya – Hakone/Atami

Start: Nagoya (名古屋)
Finish: Hakone/Atami (箱根/熱海)
Mileage:320km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you are heading from Nagoya to Hakone/Atami.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nagoya

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What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is 320km, which is quite long, so we recommend starting early. Also, be sure to use the expressway where it can be used, and try to shorten the travel time.




65 min

2

Toyokawa Inari Temple

Parking MAPCODE:

43 542 635What is MAPCODE?

Toyokawa Inari Temple is also called “Fox Temple”

10:05

The first place to visit on this day is [Toyokawa Inari Temple]. During the Edo period (1603-1868), Toyokawa Inari spread throughout the country as a god of prosperous business, family safety, and good fortune among the common people. Even now, about 5 million people visit here every year.

You can enjoy shopping and eating at road to Toyokawa Inari Temple




70 min

For lunch on this day, we recommend the eel meal. Lake Hamana, which you pass through on this day, is famous for its eels, and there are many eel restaurants. Hamamatsu, where Lake Hamana is located, is also famous for its Hamamatsu dumplings, which are recommended for people who don’t like eel.

Lake Hamana, famous for eels
Hamamatsu Gyoza is very healty

3

Tea Museum Shizuoka

Parking MAPCODE:

83 826 256What is MAPCODE?

Tea Museum Shizuoka

12:00

The next recommendation is [Tea Museum Shizuoka], a museum specializing in tea. Shizuoka is the largest producer of tea in Japan. In addition to a museum that introduces the tea industry, history, culture, and functionality, there are also Japanese gardens, tea rooms, restaurants, and shops.Of cause you can enjoy high quarity tea and tea products.

Matcha ice cream of different thickness




65 min

4

Nihondaira

Parking MAPCODE:

25 506 394What is MAPCODE?

Panoramic view of Nihondaira

14:05

Next, take the highway (E1) to [Nihondaira]. This is a hilly area with an altitude of 307m. The panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Shimizu Port, the Izu Peninsula, and the Southern Alps below is truly one of the best views in Japan. You can drive to the top of the hill.




80 min

5

Numazu Fish Maket

Parking MAPCODE:

650 583 338What is MAPCODE?

Numazu Fish Market where you can enjoy fresh seafood

16:15

If you have time, we recommend that you stop by [Numazu Fish Maket]. There are some restaurant streets where you can enjoy fresh seafood just landed at Numazu Port, and it is crowded with many tourists every day.




50 min

6

Inn in Hakone/Atami

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

18:05

On this day you will stay in Hakone or Atami. Both are super famous hot spring areas. Please relax and heal from the active day.




Hamamatsu Flower Park (MAPCODE: 26 301 786) is recommended for travelers traveling between late March and late April. Various seasonal flowers bloom here almost all year round, but cherry blossoms and tulips (late March to mid-April) and wisteria (mid-April to late April) are especially recommended.

Hamamatsu Flower Park where various seasonal flowers bloom almost all year round

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Where to stay in Hakone or Atami

On this day, you will stay in either Hakone town or Atami city. It is 25km and takes about 40min. Both of them are nationally famous Onsen area.

①Hakone(箱根)
Hakone is small but has many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Atami(熱海)
Atami is a bigger city and has more inexpensive inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants around Atami Station and “Atami Ginza” area. However, Atami is surrounded by mountains and if your inn is located mountainside, it is very tough to have dinner there and highly recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Nagoya – Osaka/Kyoto (名古屋 – 大阪/京都) 彦根のキャッスルロードいれる

Day X Nagoya – Osaka/Kyoto

Start: Nagoya (名古屋)
Finish: Osaka/Kyoto (大阪/京都)
Mileage:
To Kyoto: : 190km
To Osaka: 225km
To  Kansai Airport: 270km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you are heading from Nagoya to Osaka/Kyoto.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nagoya

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What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is 190-270km, which is very long, so it is recommended to leave the hotel early. Also, be sure to use the expressway where it can be used, and try to shorten the travel time.

(Note) The arrival time is calculated based on arrival at Osaka. Please subtract about 30 minutes if arriving in Kyoto. Also, please add about 30 minutes when arriving at Kansai Airport.




50 min

2

Gifu

Parking MAPCODE:

28 648 877What is MAPCODE?

Gifu Castle on top of the mountain

9:50

The first destination of the day is [Gifu]. Please visit Gifu Castle, the old streets of Gifu, and the Great Buddha Hall as a set. However, if your schedule is tight on this day, take a smaller walk to save time.

[Gifu Castle] is the most recommended point in Gifu. Built on top of Mt. Kinka, this castle is also known as an impregnable castle, and was once the residence of Oda Nobunaga, the leader of Japan’s Warring States period. The ropeway takes you to the top of the mountain, and the view from the top of Mt. Kinka is also great.

[Old streets of Gifu] is located in Kawara Town, about 600m from Ropeway Sanroku Station. It is a spot where you can enjoy good old Japanese houses, traditional crafts, gourmet food, etc. just by walking around. It is convenient because there are cafes and restaurants that can be used for lunch and breaks.

Old streets of Gifu in Kawara Town

[Gifu Great Buddha] is a seated statue considered to be one of Japan’s three great Buddhas, and is 13.63 meters tall. Its gentle expression and majesty, and the quiet interior of the Great Buddha Hall are truly a healing space. It is located at Shoboji Temple, about 500m from Ropeway Sanroku Station.

Gifu Great Buddha, one of Japan’s three great Buddhas




75min

For lunch on this day, we recommend Omi beef. It is characterized by a high degree of marbled meat, a unique aroma and tenderness of the meat.

steak

3

Hikone Castle

Parking MAPCODE:

101 375 315What is MAPCODE?

Hikone Castle, one of the existing castle towers

13:35

Your next visit will be [Hikone Castle]. It is famous as one of the original castle towers designated as a national treasure. You can enjoy seasonal scenery such as cherry blossoms, fresh greenery, autumn leaves, and snowy scenery.




40 min

4

Omihachiman

Parking MAPCODE:

67 791 395What is MAPCODE?

Hachiman moat with wonderful cherry blossoms and autumn leaves (cherry blossoms: early to mid April, autumn leaves: mid November to early December)

15:15

Next, you will drive to [Omihachiman]. Hachimanbori here is a tourist destination that is also known as a location for historical drama, and the season of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves is especially recommended. The cityscape, which retains the remnants of the old days, is lined with townhouses and warehouses and looks as if time has stopped for centuries. We recommend that you take a leisurely stroll here.

If you get tired, take a short break at a Japanese sweets shop called [La Collina Omihachiman]. You can replenish sweets in a calm atmosphere. You can also eat lunch on the 2nd floor.




80min

6

Inn in Osaka/Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:35

On this day you will stay in Hakone or Atami. Both are super famous hot spring areas. Please relax and heal from the active day.




If you are traveling during the fall foliage season, Yoro Falls (MAPCODE: 78 394 439) is recommended. There is a walking path around Yoro Falls, which has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, and you can enjoy the combination of wonderful autumn leaves and waterfalls.

Hydrangeas at Unshoji Temple (mid-June to mid-July)

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Where to stay in Osaka or Kyoto

If you are planning to stay in Osaka or Kyoto, we recommend the following places.

Osaka

There is 2 recommended area in Osaka to stay in.
1. Around Osaka Umeda Station
Many people misunderstand, but Osaka and Umeda are the same places. It is 20min to USJ and10min to “Shin-Osaka Station” for Shinkansen train.
2. Around Nanba Station
It is located within walking distance of the famous “Dotonbori” and “Tsutenkaku” areas and is recommended for travelers who want to go sightseeing in Osaka.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Osaka. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Osaka by car.
  • Onsen
    Most of inns don’t have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 60,000 restaurants in Osaka. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
Kyoto

There is 2 recommended area in Kyoto to stay in.
1. Around Kyoto Station
There are many buses to all areas in Kyoto and convenient.
2. Higashiyama area
The most famous area in Kyoto because of good access to “Kiyomizu Temple” and Gion area.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Kyoto. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Kyoto by car.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 9,000 restaurants in Kyoto. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Osaka/Kyoto – Nagoya (大阪/京都 – 名古屋) 彦根のキャッスルロードいれる

Day X Osaka/Kyoto – Nagoya

Start: Osaka/Kyoto (大阪/京都)
Finish: Nagoya (名古屋)
Mileage:
From Kyoto: : 190km
From Osaka: 225km
From  Kansai Airport: 270km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you are heading from Osaka/Kyoto to Nagoya.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Osaka/Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is 190-270km, which is very long, so it is recommended to leave the hotel early. Also, be sure to use the expressway where it can be used, and try to shorten the travel time.

(Note) The arrival time is calculated based on leaving Osaka. Please subtract about 30 minutes if leaving Kyoto. Also, please add about 30 minutes when leaving Kansai Airport.




90 min

2

Omihachiman

Parking MAPCODE:

67 791 395What is MAPCODE?

Hachiman moat with wonderful cherry blossoms and autumn leaves (cherry blossoms: early to mid April, autumn leaves: mid November to early December)

10:30

Your first visit for the day is [Omihachiman]. Hachimanbori here is a tourist destination that is also known as a location for historical drama, and the season of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves is especially recommended. The cityscape, which retains the remnants of the old days, is lined with townhouses and warehouses and looks as if time has stopped for centuries. We recommend that you take a leisurely stroll here.

If you get tired, take a short break at a Japanese sweets shop called [La Collina Omihachiman]. You can replenish sweets in a calm atmosphere. You can also eat lunch on the 2nd floor.




40min

For lunch on this day, we recommend Omi beef. It is characterized by a high degree of marbled meat, a unique aroma and tenderness of the meat.

steak

3

Hikone Castle

Parking MAPCODE:

101 375 315What is MAPCODE?

Hikone Castle, one of the existing castle towers

12:15

Your next visit will be [Hikone Castle]. It is famous as one of the original castle towers designated as a national treasure. You can enjoy seasonal scenery such as cherry blossoms, fresh greenery, autumn leaves, and snowy scenery.




70 min

4

Gifu

Parking MAPCODE:

28 648 877What is MAPCODE?

Gifu Castle on top of the mountain

14:30

The last destination of the day is [Gifu]. Please visit Gifu Castle, the old streets of Gifu, and the Great Buddha Hall as a set. However, if your schedule is tight on this day, take a smaller walk to save time.

[Gifu Castle] is the most recommended point in Gifu. Built on top of Mt. Kinka, this castle is also known as an impregnable castle, and was once the residence of Oda Nobunaga, the leader of Japan’s Warring States period. The ropeway takes you to the top of the mountain, and the view from the top of Mt. Kinka is also great.

[Old streets of Gifu] is located in Kawara Town, about 600m from Ropeway Sanroku Station. It is a spot where you can enjoy good old Japanese houses, traditional crafts, gourmet food, etc. just by walking around. It is convenient because there are cafes and restaurants that can be used for lunch and breaks.

Old streets of Gifu in Kawahara Town

[Gifu Great Buddha] is a seated statue considered to be one of Japan’s three great Buddhas, and is 13.63 meters tall. Its gentle expression and majesty, and the quiet interior of the Great Buddha Hall are truly a healing space. It is located at Shoboji Temple, about 500m from Ropeway Sanroku Station.




55min

6

Inn in Nagoya

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:35

Nagoya offers a variety of delicious gourmet foods. In particular, hitsumabushi, miso katsu, miso stewed udon, Nagoya cochin, and kishimen are recommended.




If you are traveling during the fall foliage season, Yoro Falls (MAPCODE: 78 394 439) is recommended. There is a walking path around Yoro Falls, which has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, and you can enjoy the combination of wonderful autumn leaves and waterfalls.

Hydrangeas at Unshoji Temple (mid-June to mid-July)

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Driving Map For This Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Akita-Aomori – Google マイマップ
Akita-Aomori

Where to stay in Nagoya

Nagoya is the 3rd biggest city in Japan and the gateway of central Japan travel. Chubu Centrair International Airport and Nagoya station are 50km away and take 45min by expressway. There are hundreds of accommodations around Nagoya Station and the Sakae downtown area.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Shimonoseki – Fukuoka (下関 – 福岡)

Day X Shimonoseki – Fukuoka

Start: Shimonoseki(下関)
Finish: Fukuoka (福岡)
Mileage:140km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day you are heading from Shimonoseki to Fukuoka.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Shimonoseki

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is normal at 140km, but if you are going to many sightseeing spots, we recommend leaving the hotel early. In addition, please try to shorten the travel time by using expressways wherever possible.




10 min

2

Karato Market & Kamon Wharf

Parking MAPCODE:

16 743 351What is MAPCODE?

Karato Market & Kamon Wharf for fresh seafood

9:10

Your first visit for the day is [Karato Market & Kamon Wharf]. You can enjoy fresh seafood, especially the nationally famous puffer fish from Shimonoseki. We recommend eating breakfast here rather than at the hotel.




20 min

3

Kanmonkyo Strait (Mekari Daini Observatory)-関門橋(和布刈第二展望台)

Parking MAPCODE:

433 378 449What is MAPCODE?

Kanmon Bridge over the Kanmon Straits

10:30

Next, you will head to Mekari Daini Observatory. It is a secret observatory to see Kanmon bridge over the Kanmon Strait. Known as a filming location for movies, it is also popular as a viewing point for the sunset.
Enjoy amazing veiw which only road trippers can enjoy!




10 min

4

Mojiko Port Retro Area

Parking MAPCODE:

16 715 449What is MAPCODE?

Mojiko Port Retro Area with many retro buildings

11:40

The next destination is [Mojiko Port Retro Area]. From the late Meiji period (1868-1912), Mojiko prospered as an international trading port along with Yokohama and Kobe. There are many retro buildings that still retain the vestiges of those days, and you can enjoy the feeling of having slipped back in time to the good old days.

If you want to have lunch, “Yaki curry-焼きカレー”, a grilled curry rice is the most famous local dish.




45 min

5

Hiraodai

Parking MAPCODE:

16 048 025What is MAPCODE?

Hiraodai, one of Japan’s three major karsts

14:00

Next, you will head to [Hiraodai], one of the three major karsts in Japan. Over a long period of time, the earth has been eroded by rainwater and groundwater, and the topography (the view of limestone pillars standing in a grassland) is a masterpiece. The drive on the karst plateau to the destination is also exhilarating and the best.




60 min

6

Miyajidake Shrine

Parking MAPCODE:

375 088 700What is MAPCODE?

Miyajidake Shrine is known for Japan’s largest shimenawa.

16:00

The last place to visit on this day is [Miyajidake Shrine]. Many worshipers come from all over the country as the god of business prosperity, traffic safety, and home safety. In addition, the large shimenawa rope hanging over the main hall of the shrine is 11 meters long, 2.6 meters in diameter, and weighs 3 tons, making it the largest in Japan.




45 min

7

Inn in Fukuoka

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

Nippon Rent a Car Hakata Station Hakata Exit branch

17:40

There are many hotels in Fukuoka city. Any area is convenient as long as it is central. Fukuoka offers a wide variety of culinary delights. For dinner, try Hakata ramen, Motsu nabe (Motsu hot pot), and other local Fukuoka foods, or even try one of the famous Yatai stalls.

If this is the end of your Kyushu road trip, please refuel and then return the car to the car rental branch. Use the MAPCODE on the driving map for the nearest rental car stores and gas stations at Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
Motsu-nabe is synonymous with Hakata. Famous restaurants include Yamanaka and Rakutenchi.
Yatai, food stalls, a part of Fukuoka’s culture




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Driving Map For This Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Akita-Aomori – Google マイマップ
Akita-Aomori

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu and the gateway of Kyushu Travel. 15min to Fukuoka Airport by subway. There are hundreds of accommodations around “Hakata Station”, Nakasu downtown area, and Tenjin Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Fukuoka – Shimonoseki (福岡 – 下関)

Day X Fukuoka – Shimonoseki

Start: Fukuoka (福岡)
Finish: Shimonoseki(下関)
Mileage:140km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day you are heading from Fukuoka to Shimonoseki.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Rental car branch at Fukuoka airport or Hakata Station

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is normal at 140km. But if your departure time is late, such as leaving in the afternoon, adjust your schedule by taking the expressway or skipping some spots.




45 min

2

Miyajidake Shrine

Parking MAPCODE:

375 088 700What is MAPCODE?

Miyajidake Shrine is known for Japan’s largest shimenawa.

9:45

The first place to visit on this day is [Miyajidake Shrine]. Many worshipers come from all over the country as the god of business prosperity, traffic safety, and home safety. In addition, the large shimenawa rope hanging over the main hall of the shrine is 11 meters long, 2.6 meters in diameter, and weighs 3 tons, making it the largest in Japan.

To next spot Hiraodai, we recommend you to take expressway(E3).




60 min

3

Hiraodai

Parking MAPCODE:

16 048 025What is MAPCODE?

Hiraodai, one of Japan’s three major karsts

11:50

Next, you will head to [Hiraodai], one of the three major karsts in Japan. Over a long period of time, the earth has been eroded by rainwater and groundwater, and the topography (the view of limestone pillars standing in a grassland) is a masterpiece. The drive on the karst plateau to the destination is also exhilarating and the best.




40 min

4

Mojiko Port Retro Area

Parking MAPCODE:

16 715 449What is MAPCODE?

Mojiko Port Retro Area with many retro buildings

13:45

The next destination is [Mojiko Port Retro Area]. From the late Meiji period (1868-1912), Mojiko prospered as an international trading port along with Yokohama and Kobe. There are many retro buildings that still retain the vestiges of those days, and you can enjoy the feeling of having slipped back in time to the good old days.

If you want to have lunch, “Yaki curry-焼きカレー”, a grilled curry rice is the most famous local dish.




10 min

5

Kanmonkyo Strait (Mekari Daini Observatory)-関門橋(和布刈第二展望台)

Parking MAPCODE:

16 746 490What is MAPCODE?

Kanmon bridge in the night

15:30

Next, you will head to Mekari Daini Observatory. It is a secret observatory to see Kanmon bridge over the Kanmon Strait. Known as a filming location for movies, it is also popular as a viewing point for the sunset.
Enjoy amazing veiw which only road trippers can enjoy!




20 min

5

Karato Market & Kamon Wharf

Parking MAPCODE:

16 743 351What is MAPCODE?

Karato Market & Kamon Wharf for fresh seafood

17:00

Your last visit for the day is [Karato Market & Kamon Wharf]. You can enjoy fresh seafood, especially the nationally famous puffer fish from Shimonoseki. We recommend eating breakfast here rather than at the hotel.




5 min

7

Inn in Shimonoseki

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17:35

In Shimonoseki, hotels are concentrated between Shimonoseki Station and Kanmon Bridge, but restaurants are concentrated on the station side.

For dinner, enjoy a nationally famous “Fugu-河豚” Puffer fish dish, a specialty of Shimonoseki.

“Fugu(Puffer fish)” sashimi dish. It is also very tasty for grilled, deep-fried, or cooked in a pot.




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Where to stay in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu and the gateway of Kyushu Travel. 15min to Fukuoka Airport by subway. There are hundreds of accommodations around “Hakata Station”, Nakasu downtown area, and Tenjin Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 2 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.


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Sendai – Aizu Wakamatsu (仙台 – 会津若松)

Day X Sendai – Aizu Wakamatsu

Start: Sendai (仙台)
Finish: Aizu Wakamatsu (会津若松)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you are heading from Sendai to Aizu Wakamatsu.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Sendai

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9:00

The mileage is long at 200km, but the first half is on the highway. However, if you plan to visit many tourist sites, we recommend leaving the hotel early.




110 min

2

Mt.Azuma Kofuji

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475 181 390What is MAPCODE?

Mt.Azuma Kofuji crater trace

10:50

The first recommendation is Mt.Azuma Kofuji. From Sendai, take the highway (E4) to Fukushima, then drive along the mountain road along the Bandai Azuma Skyline to arrive at [Mt.Azuma Kofuji]. Please note that the Bandai Azuma Skyline is closed from mid-November to early April every year.

After climbing the mountain trail (stairs) from the side of the Jododaira parking lot for about 10 minutes, you will arrive at the summit. The view of the crater with a diameter of about 500m is a masterpiece. It takes about an hour to go around the crater wall, so after enjoying the scenery, don’t go around the crater and head to the parking lot. The view of Jododaira and the Fukushima Basin, which has a mysterious scenery due to volcanic gas, is also outstanding.




45 min

3

Nakatsugawa Valley

Parking MAPCODE:

377 873 780What is MAPCODE?

Autumn leaves and clear stream of Nakatsugawa Valley

12:30

Next, you will go through the Bandaiazuma Lake Line and head for [Nakatsugawa Valley]. There is a path down to the river from the parking lot. If you go down there, you can see the clear stream of Nakatsu River. Especially from early October to early November, the surrounding autumn leaves are wonderful.




15 min

4

Goshikinuma pond

Parking MAPCODE:

413 533 665What is MAPCODE?

Goshikinuma pond

13:45

The next recommendation is [Goshikinuma pond], which has been certified as one star in the Michelin Green Guide. Here, lakes and marshes of various colors such as emerald green and cobalt blue spread out, and you can take a walk on the walking path among them. Considering the schedule for the day, it would be a good idea to go from the parking lot to Bentennuma and then turn back. From mid-October to early November is the season of autumn leaves, and you can see even more beautiful scenery.




50 min

5

Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsurugajo)

Parking MAPCODE:

97 261 232What is MAPCODE?

Aizuwakamatsu Castle with beautiful white walls

16:00

The final destination of the day is [Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsuruga Castle)]. This is a very famous castle that became a big stage of the war just before the Meiji Restoration about 150 years ago. Now it has been recreated and you can see the beautiful appearance of the past.




10 min

5

Inn in Aizu Wakamatsu

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:25

Hotels in Aizuwakamatsu are concentrated around Nanukamachi Street and Higashiyama Onsen. The distance between Nanukamachi-dori and Higashiyama Onsen is relatively short, about 5 km and 15 minutes, so you can stay at either. We recommend Higashiyama Onsen, where you can relax in the hot springs, but if you prefer convenience, Nanukamachi-dori area is also good. Please enjoy local gourmet dishes such as nikomi (simmered) sauce katsudon and tofu mochi.




Near this route is Hitome Senbonzakura (Funaoka Castle Park), which is famous for its cherry blossoms.If you are traveling during the cherry blossom season (early April to mid-April), please stop by and enjoy the most beautiful cherry blossoms.

SENBON cherry blossoms blooming along Shiraishi River (early April-mid April)

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Where to stay in Aomori

On this day, you will stay in Aomori.
It is recommended to stay in the following two areas.

①Aomori city(青森)
The inns are concentrated east side of Aomori Station. It is recommended to stay inn located walking distance to [Nebuta house Warasse] and [Aomori Gyosai Center].

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asamushi Onsen(浅虫温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 17km east of Aomori city, 30min by car. It is recommended if you prefer better accommodation with Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Aizu Wakamatsu – Sendai (会津若松 – 仙台)

Day X Aizu Wakamatsu – Sendai

Start: Aizu Wakamatsu (会津若松)
Finish: Sendai (仙台)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you are heading from Aizu Wakamatsu to Sendai.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Aizu Wakamatsu

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is long at 200km, but the second half is on the highway. However, if you plan to visit many tourist sites, we recommend leaving the hotel early.




10 min

2

Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsurugajo)

Parking MAPCODE:

97 261 232What is MAPCODE?

Aizuwakamatsu Castle with beautiful white walls

9:10

If you haven’t been there, you will head to [Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsuruga Castle)]. This is a very famous castle that became a big stage of the war just before the Meiji Restoration about 150 years ago. Now it has been recreated and you can see the beautiful appearance of the past.




50 min

3

Goshikinuma pond

Parking MAPCODE:

413 533 665What is MAPCODE?

Goshikinuma Pond of Mysterious Beauty

11:00

The next recommendation is [Goshikinuma pond], which has been certified as one star in the Michelin Green Guide. Here, lakes and marshes of various colors such as emerald green and cobalt blue spread out, and you can take a walk on the walking path among them. Considering the schedule for the day, it would be a good idea to go from the parking lot to Bentennuma and then turn back. From mid-October to early November is the season of autumn leaves, and you can see even more beautiful scenery.




15 min

4

Nakatsugawa Valley

Parking MAPCODE:

377 873 780What is MAPCODE?

Wonderful autumn leaves and clear stream of Nakatsugawa Valley

12:40

Next, you will go through the Bandaiazuma Lake Line and head for [Nakatsugawa Valley]. There is a path down to the river from the parking lot. If you go down there, you can see the clear stream of Nakatsu River. Especially from early October to early November, the surrounding autumn leaves are wonderful.




45 min

5

Mt.Azuma Kofuji

Parking MAPCODE:

475 181 390What is MAPCODE?

Mt.Azuma Kofuji crater trace

14:30

The last recommendation for the day is Mt.Azuma Kofuji. Please drive along the mountain road named the Bandai Azuma Skyline to arrive at [Mt.Azuma Kofuji]. Please note that the Bandai Azuma Skyline is closed from mid-November to early April every year.

After climbing the mountain trail (stairs) from the side of the Jododaira parking lot for about 10 minutes, you will arrive at the summit. The view of the crater with a diameter of about 500m is a masterpiece. It takes about an hour to go around the crater wall, so after enjoying the scenery, don’t go around the crater and head to the parking lot. The view of Jododaira and the Fukushima Basin, which has a mysterious scenery due to volcanic gas, is also outstanding.

From Fukushima, take the expressway (E4) to Sendai.




105 min

5

Inn in Sendai

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:25

In Sendai, there are many hotels and restaurants around the station, especially towards the west exit. If you want to explore the city of Sendai after checking in, it is convenient to book a hotel on the west exit side of the station. In Sendai, try the famous beef tongue and zunda mochi.

If this is the end of the drive trip, please refuel and return the car to the car rental company branch.
For those who use Sendai Airport, the airport is about 20km from Sendai Station, about 30 minutes away.
Please use the MAPCODE of the nearest car rental store on the drive map.




Near this route is Hitome Senbonzakura (Funaoka Castle Park), which is famous for its cherry blossoms.If you are traveling during the cherry blossom season (early April to mid-April), please stop by and enjoy the most beautiful cherry blossoms.

SENBON cherry blossoms blooming along Shiraishi River (early April-mid April)

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Where to stay in Sendai

On this day, you will stay in Sendai.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Sendai City(仙台)
Sendai is the biggest city in the Tohoku area and the gateway of Tohoku travel. It is 20km and takes 40min to Sendai Airport. The inns are concentrated west side of Sendai Station. This area is convenient for dinner but a few inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t provide Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Matsushima(松島)
Matsushima is one of the most famous tourists attraction in Tohoku region. It is located 25km northeast of Sendai city, 40min by car. It is recommended if you prefer better accommodation with Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one. You can enjoy open-air Onsen with the amazing Matsushima view. Highly recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Aizu Wakamatsu – Nikko (会津若松 – 日光)

Day X Aizu Wakamatsu – Nikko

Start: Aizu Wakamatsu (会津若松)
Finish: Nikko (日光)
Mileage:140km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day you are heading from Aizu Wakamatsu to Nikko.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Aizu Wakamatsu

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9:00

The mileage is 140km and it is an average length. However, if you plan to visit many sightseeing spots, we recommend leaving the hotel early.




10 min

2

Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsurugajo)

Parking MAPCODE:

97 261 232What is MAPCODE?

Aizuwakamatsu Castle with beautiful white walls

9:10

If you haven’t been there, you will head to [Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsuruga Castle)]. This is a very famous castle that became a big stage of the war just before the Meiji Restoration about 150 years ago. Now it has been recreated and you can see the beautiful appearance of the past.




40 min

3

Ouchijuku

Parking MAPCODE:

433 583 289What is MAPCODE?

Ouchijuku, where thatched-roof houses line the road

10:50

The next recommendation is [Ouchijuku]. During the Edo period (1603-1868), it prospered as a post town on an important road connecting Aizu and Nikko. Even today, houses with thatched roofs still stand along the road, just like the Edo period.




15 min

4

To no Hetsuri

Parking MAPCODE:

433 378 449What is MAPCODE?

To no Hetsuri and Suspension Bridge

12:05

Next, you will head to [To no Hetsuri]. This beautiful valley was named “To no Hetsuri” using a local word, meaning a cliff lined with towers. A suspension bridge is built up to the cliff in the shape of a tower, and you can also see part of the cliff’s interior. This place is designated as a national natural monument.




120 min

5

Shrines and Temples of Nikko(Toshogu Shrine)

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367 312 349What is MAPCODE?

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

15:00

Next, you will take the highways (E4, E81) to Nikko and visit the highlight of the day, the Shrines and Temples of Nikko (Toshogu Shrine). Enjoy world heritage shrines and temples with a long history, including Toshogu.




10min

5

Inn in Nikko

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17:10

On this day you will stay in Nikko. An inn near Toshogu is convenient for sightseeing. If you drive about 15km from Toshogu, you will reach Kinugawa, a hot spring resort that represents the Kanto region. There are many inns, and you can relax in the hot springs, so this is also recommended. Yuba is famous for gourmet food in Nikko, and we recommend eating it for dinner.




If you are traveling during the autumn leaves season (late September to early October), we recommend viewing the autumn leaves from the Nasu Ropeway.

Nasu Ropeway overlooking Nasu

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Where to stay in Nikko

On this day, you will stay in Nikko(日光) city. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Toshogu shrine
The biggest highlight of Nikko is “Toshogu Shrine” and many inns are concentrated near it.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star Japanese Ryokan and 5-star historic western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Kinugawa Onsen(鬼怒川温泉) area
Kinugawa located 20km and takes 30min from the Toshogu shrine is famous for Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

Nikko – Aizu Wakamatsu (日光 – 会津若松)

Day X Nikko – Aizu Wakamatsu

Start: Nikko (日光)
Finish: Aizu Wakamatsu (会津若松)
Mileage:140km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day you are heading from Sendai to Aizu Wakamatsu.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nikko

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What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage is 140km and it is an average length. However, if you plan to visit many sightseeing spots, we recommend leaving the hotel early.




10 min

2

Shrines and Temples of Nikko(Toshogu Shrine)

Parking MAPCODE:

367 312 349What is MAPCODE?

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

9:10

First thing in the morning, you will head to the highlight of the day, [Shrines and Temples of Nikko (Toshogu Shrine)]. Enjoy world heritage shrines and temples with a long history, including Toshogu.




120 min

3

To no Hetsuri

Parking MAPCODE:

433 378 449What is MAPCODE?

To no Hetsuri and Suspension Bridge

13:00

Next, you will head to [To no Hetsuri]. This beautiful valley was named “To no Hetsuri” using a local word, meaning a cliff lined with towers. A suspension bridge is built up to the cliff in the shape of a tower, and you can also see part of the cliff’s interior. This place is designated as a national natural monument.




20 min

4

Ouchijuku

Parking MAPCODE:

433 583 289What is MAPCODE?

Ouchijuku, where thatched-roof houses line the road

14:20

The next recommendation is [Ouchijuku]. During the Edo period (1603-1868), it prospered as a post town on an important road connecting Aizu and Nikko. Even today, houses with thatched roofs still stand along the road, just like the Edo period.




15 min

5

Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsurugajo)

Parking MAPCODE:

97 261 232What is MAPCODE?

Aizuwakamatsu Castle with beautiful white walls

16:00

Your last visit for the day will be [Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsuruga Castle)]. This is a very famous castle that became a big stage of the war just before the Meiji Restoration about 150 years ago. Now it has been recreated and you can see the beautiful appearance of the past.




10 min

5

Inn in Aizu Wakamatsu

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:10

Hotels in Aizuwakamatsu are concentrated around Nanukamachi Street and Higashiyama Onsen. The distance between Nanukamachi-dori and Higashiyama Onsen is relatively short, about 5 km and 15 minutes, so you can stay at either. We recommend Higashiyama Onsen, where you can relax in the hot springs, but if you prefer convenience, Nanukamachi-dori area is also good. Please enjoy local gourmet dishes such as nikomi (simmered) sauce katsudon and tofu mochi.




If you are traveling during the autumn leaves season (late September to early October), we recommend viewing the autumn leaves from the Nasu Ropeway.

Nasu Ropeway overlooking Nasu

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The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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以下のWhere to stayは置き換えが必要

Where to stay in Aomori

On this day, you will stay in Aomori.
It is recommended to stay in the following two areas.

①Aomori city(青森)
The inns are concentrated east side of Aomori Station. It is recommended to stay inn located walking distance to [Nebuta house Warasse] and [Aomori Gyosai Center].

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asamushi Onsen(浅虫温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 17km east of Aomori city, 30min by car. It is recommended if you prefer better accommodation with Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

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