11 days in Tohoku Itinerary

11 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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11 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Aomori
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  30 min
2
Towada
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Semboku
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
6
Akita
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Tsuruoka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Yamagata
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
9
Sendai
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally admire the striking features of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aomori road trip app .

Singapore, Singapore to Aomori is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Aomori is 1 hour. In November, Aomori is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site

1
night
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 19th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Towada trip maker app .

Towada is just a short distance from Aomori. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aomori in November since evenings lows in Towada dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Oirase River
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center

1
night
Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hachinohe City Museum, kick back and relax at Tanesashi Coast, take in panoramic vistas at Ashigezaki Lookout, then browse the fresh offerings at Mutsu Minato Ekimae Morning Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kojokaku.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hachinohe trip planning site .

Drive from Towada to Hachinohe in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tanesashi Coast ©
Tanesashi Coast

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 21st (Thu), stop by Kakkoya, appreciate the views at Gembi Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konjiki-do.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho online road trip planner .

You can drive from Hachinohe to Hiraizumi-cho in 3 hours. Traveling from Hachinohe in November, Hiraizumi-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ichinoseki
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple
Gembi Valley ©
Gembi Valley

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, browse the exhibits of Ishiguro Samurai House, then wander the streets of Samurai District, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Akita.

Things to do in Semboku

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

1
night
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, admire the masterpieces at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art, then pause for some photo ops at Our Lady of Akita, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seitai Hoshikai, and finally admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Akita journey builder website .

Traveling by train from Semboku to Akita takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Akita sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Seitai Hoshikai ©
Seitai Hoshikai
Senshu Park ©
Senshu Park
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art

1
night
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 24th (Sun), meet the residents at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ideha Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then don't miss a visit to Jijisugi, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tsuruoka trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Akita to Tsuruoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda

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night
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, and finally make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Yamagata takes 2 hours. In November in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Outdoors Spas
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Yamagata to Sendai in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yamagata in November since evenings lows in Sendai dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Matsushima-machi
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station

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