12 days in Tohoku Itinerary

12 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Towada
— 3 nights
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Hirosaki
— 2 nights
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
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Tsuruoka
— 1 night
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Oga
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Ishiguro Samurai House, and finally go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley and then take a stroll through Kakunodate.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Semboku trip planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Semboku is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in October: high temperatures in Semboku hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
Architectural Building
Ishiguro Samurai House
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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Towada: Hachinohe (Ashigezaki Lookout & Tanesashi Coast), Misawa Aviation & Science Museum (in Misawa) and Jomon Jiyukan (in Aomori). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Tsutanonana Swamp, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, stroll the grounds of Tomb of Omachi Keigetsu, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Towada online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Semboku to Towada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Semboku in October, Towada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Oirase River
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
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Landmark
Jomon Jiyukan
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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.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, stroll through Hirosaki Apple Park, then admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, and finally snap pictures at Jogakura Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, then wander the wide-open spaces of Abitania Jaji Farm, and then snap pictures at Tsurunomai Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hirosaki vacation builder.

You can drive from Towada to Hirosaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Towada in October, plan for little chillier nights in Hirosaki, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Geibikei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiraizumi-cho trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hiraizumi-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
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Valley
Geibikei
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Religious Site
Takkoku no Iwaya
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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 16th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, take in the dramatic natural features at Midagahara Wetlands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yudonosan Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tsuruoka trip planner.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Tsuruoka in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oga.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

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Oga

Oga ©
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. On the 17th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oga Aquarium Gao, get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Oga road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Oga takes 3 hours. October in Oga sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Aquarium
Oga Aquarium Gao
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Mountain
Mt. Kampu
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