12 days in Tohoku Itinerary

12 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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12 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Towada
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Semboku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Yamagata
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Aizuwakamatsu
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Explore Hirosaki's surroundings by going to Tachineputa No Yakata (in Goshogawara) and Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Ruins & Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, stroll around Hirosaki Park, and step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki online trip itinerary maker .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hirosaki is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hirosaki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April; daily highs in Hirosaki reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aomori, Shirakami Sanchi, Tachineputa No Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Towada trip maker website .

You can drive from Hirosaki to Towada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Towada when traveling from Hirosaki in April, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Ishiguro Samurai House, then take a stroll through Samurai District, then take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Semboku travel planner .

Take a train from Towada to Semboku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Towada in April, Semboku is little chillier at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Konjiki-do, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

1
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 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, then get outside with Shiginoya Chinuma, and then don't miss a visit to Frost Covered Trees of Zao.

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Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Yamagata takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Yamagata

Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao

4
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Miharutakizakura and Bandai Kogen. Explore Aizuwakamatsu's surroundings by going to Inawashiro-machi (Noguchi Hideyo Memorial, Kannonji River, & more), Koriyama (Goreibitsu Pass & Keyaki no Mori Walks) and Goshikinuma Lake (in Kitashiobara-mura). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga Castle.

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You can drive from Yamagata to Aizuwakamatsu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. April in Aizuwakamatsu sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Inawashiro-machi, Koriyama, Goshikinuma Lake, Miharutakizakura
Highlights from your plan
Goshikinuma Lake ©
Goshikinuma Lake
Miharutakizakura ©
Miharutakizakura
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle