14 days in Tohoku Itinerary

14 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tohoku trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Sendai
— 6 nights
Train
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Morioka
— 3 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 3 nights
Drive to Hakodate Airport, Fly to Lisbon

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Sendai

— 6 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Yamagata (Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Thermal Spas, &more), Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Matsushima Bay, &more) and Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, and don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai day trip tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sendai is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Sendai due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lisbon in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Sendai, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Morioka.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Morioka

— 3 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Ryusendo Limestone Cave has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morioka: Akka Cave (in Iwaizumi-cho) and Semboku (Ishiguro Samurai House, Samurai District, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Iwate Park (Koen), browse the different shops at Fesan, snap pictures at Kaiunbashi Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Morioka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Sendai to Morioka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Morioka, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aomori: Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station (in Kuroishi), Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art (in Inakadate-mura) and Hirosaki (Hirosaki Park, Hirosaki Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, and admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Aomori online road trip planner.

Take a train from Morioka to Aomori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Aomori is little chillier than Morioka - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
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.