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Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

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Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

We will be touring Hokkaido by self drive+trains in summer(July Lavender season) and then taking Hakodate-Tokyo Shinkansen back to Tokyo with a JR pass or JR East +Southern Hokkaido pass.

What city is recommended to make a one night or 2 night pit stop?

I am thinking of Aomori or Akita but welcome other suggestions

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Aomori Prefecture, Japan
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Akita Prefecture, Japan
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1. Re: Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

There are many nice spots in Tohoku areas. If you like nature as what Hokkaido offers, consider

Aomori - Towada-ko, Oirase stream, Mt Hakkoda etc.

Akita - Tazawa-ko, Hachimantai etc.

Sendai - Yamadera, Matsushima coastline etc.

Fukushima - Goshiki-numa area, Urabandai, Aizu-Wakamatsu etc.

check out Japan guide for these and see what might be of more interests to you.

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2. Re: Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

DLi mentioned Tozawako (Lake Tozawa). You could stay in Morioka and visit Tozawako and Kakunodate. I loved Kakunodate, but you can see pretty much everything in three hours. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3601.html

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3. Re: Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

The lovely region of Tohoku (North Honshu) has lots to offer and is worth a separate trip on its own. If only one place can be allocated for a 1-2 day visit Sendai is my pick as it is considered the gateway to the region. Besides the obvious side trips to Yamadera and Matsushima, nearby Akiu Onsen is also nice for a beautiful waterfall and a relaxing onsen experience. And if you can be in Sendai during the end of July you can also take in the summer Suzume Odori Festival with lively performance and colourful parade. It was held on the last 2 days of July 2016.

http://www.suzume-odori.com/

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4. Re: Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

You can't go wrong with Sendai. My only reservation is that Yamadera's 1000 steps might be a bit much on a hot July day.

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5. Re: Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

thanks for all your suggestions.I particularly like the Statue of Tatsuko,Lake Tazawa{ko) as seen in IRIS I and IRIS II

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6. Re: Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

We too were drawn to Tazawa-ko by seeing the Korean TV drama IRIS but were a bit disappointed. For lake scenery we like Towada-ko and Inawashiro-ko better. More worthwhile while going to Tazawa-ko is nearby Nyuto Onsen especially Tsurunoyu Onsen.

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7. Re: Which pit stop with JR(pass) Hakodate to Tokyo?

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