11 days in Tohoku Itinerary

11 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sendai
— 4 nights
Train
2
Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Nishiiwai-gun
— 1 night
Drive
4
Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive to Niigata Airport, Fly to Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Sendai

— 4 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Entsu-in Temple, &more), Risshaku-ji Temple (in Yamagata) and Zao-machi (Okama Crater & Komakusa Daira). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, contemplate the long history of Suenomatsuyama, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, and don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sendai holiday planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Sendai is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Sendai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in November, things will get cooler in Sendai: highs are around 13°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aomori

— 2 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream and then browse the range of quality goods at Sakurano Department Store Aomori branch. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Site, then admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, and then step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aomori trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in November, things will get little chillier in Aomori: highs are around 9°C and lows about 2°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nishiiwai-gun.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Nishiiwai-gun

— 1 night
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nishiiwai-gun driving holiday planner.

Drive from Aomori to Nishiiwai-gun in 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Nishiiwai-gun can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Nishiiwai-gun

Historic Sites

Aizuwakamatsu

— 3 nights
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Tonohetsuri, then get to know the fascinating history of Ouchijuku, then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama, then steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Goshikinuma Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Inawashiro.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aizuwakamatsu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nishiiwai-gun to Aizuwakamatsu takes 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.