11 days in Tohoku & Nikko Itinerary

11 days in Tohoku & Nikko Itinerary

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Aomori
— 4 nights
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Owani-machi
— 1 night
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Semboku
— 1 day
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
5
Nikko
— 3 nights

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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aomori: Tachineputa No Yakata (in Goshogawara) and Towada Art Center (in Towada). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, and take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori online vacation planner.

Tokyo to Aomori is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Aomori to be little chillier, around -5°C, while days are colder, around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Owani-machi.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM ©
Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM

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Owani-machi

Owani-machi
To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Owani-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Owani-machi takes an hour. January in Owani-machi sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you're off to Semboku.

Things to do in Owani-machi

Parks · Spas · Shopping · Baths

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Semboku

Semboku ©
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House, then take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally take a stroll through Samurai District.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Semboku online travel planner.

You can drive from Owani-machi to Semboku in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa

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nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Gembi Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan jinja, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko route planning tool.

Drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in January; daily highs in Nikko reach 7°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Shinkyo Bridge ©
Shinkyo Bridge
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine