13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Mutsu
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Hirosaki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Oga
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Semboku
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Hachimantai
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Inawashiro-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Stockholm

1
day
Mutsu

Mutsu ©
Mutsu is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 59,807, and a population density of 69.2 persons per km², in 29,304 households. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the activities along Lake Usoriyama, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hiyamizu of Mt. Osore.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mutsu online tour builder .

Stockholm, Sweden to Mutsu is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Stockholm to Mutsu, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mutsu when traveling from Stockholm in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Mutsu

Nature Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama

1
night
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 4th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saishoin Temple, stroll around Hirosaki Park, then steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki trip planner .

You can drive from Mutsu to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mutsu in August: highs in Hirosaki hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oga.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, then make a trip to Unsho-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Namahage Museum, and finally examine the collection at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum.

Make your Oga itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Oga takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Oga can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Oga

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nanohana Road
Highlights from your plan
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu
Namahage Museum ©
Namahage Museum

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 6th (Tue), explore the galleries of Ishiguro Samurai House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai District, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then look for gifts at Ando Brewing Kitaura Honkan, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Semboku online travel route planner .

You can drive from Oga to Semboku in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Semboku

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

2
nights
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Morioka Castle Ruins, stroll around Iwate Park (Koen), then see the interesting displays at Ishigaminooka Museum, and finally have fun and explore at Iwate Kodomono Mori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Hōon-ji Temple, stop by Kogensya, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally fly down the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort.

Discover how to plan a Hachimantai trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Semboku to Hachimantai in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hachimantai can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Morioka, Ishigaminooka Museum, Iwate Kodomono Mori
Highlights from your plan
Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Hōon-ji Temple ©
Hōon-ji Temple
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): appreciate the views at Gembi Valley, stop by Kakkoya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konjiki-do.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Hachimantai to Hiraizumi-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Inawashiro-machi.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Inawashiro-machi

Inawashiro-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, then take an in-depth tour of Noguchi Hideyo Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Hanitsu Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls.

Make your Inawashiro-machi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Hiraizumi-cho to Inawashiro-machi by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Inawashiro-machi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Morohashi Museum of Modern Art
Highlights from your plan
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial ©
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial
Hanitsu Shrine ©
Hanitsu Shrine
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art ©
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenpoji, steep yourself in history at Sankyo Soko Storehouse, admire the striking features of Mitsuoka Bunko Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaikoji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Sakata Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Sakata Yumenokura. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Gyokusenji Temple, contemplate the long history of Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, then get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tsuruoka tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Inawashiro-machi to Tsuruoka in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Sakata
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Zenpoji ©
Zenpoji
Kaikoji Temple ©
Kaikoji Temple

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