14 days in Tohoku Itinerary

14 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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14 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
1
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Sendai
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Semboku
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Aomori
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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 find plenty of places to visit near Aizuwakamatsu: Ganjoji Temple (in Kitakata), Shimogo-machi (Tonohetsuri & Ouchijuku) and Kitashiobara-mura (Goshikinuma Lake & Lake Hibara). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga Castle, make a trip to Sazaedo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Iimoriyama.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aizuwakamatsu tour planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October; daily highs in Aizuwakamatsu reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shimogo-machi, Yonezawa, Kitashiobara-mura, Ganjoji Temple
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Ouchijuku ©
Ouchijuku
Goshikinuma Lake ©
Goshikinuma Lake

3
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.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Zao-machi (O-torii & Okama Crater), Matsushima-machi (Entsu-in Temple, Matsushima Bay, & more) and Risshaku-ji Temple (in Yamagata). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), see the interesting displays at Tanabata Museum, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sendai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in October, Sendai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Zao-machi, Risshaku-ji Temple, Onsen Resorts
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 4th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Gembi Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Motsuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Sankozo.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiraizumi-cho planner .

You can drive from Sendai to Hiraizumi-cho in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sendai in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Hiraizumi-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gembi Valley
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple
Gembi Valley ©
Gembi Valley

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Semboku side-trips: Akita (Senshu Park & Akita Museum Of Art) and Koiwai Farm (in Shizukuishi-cho). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Samurai District, enjoy breathtaking views from Obukasawa Observatory, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and get engrossed in the history at Kakunodate Samurai House Museum.

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Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku takes 2 hours. November in Semboku sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akita, Koiwai Farm
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Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, and finally delve into the distant past at Komakino Ruins. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, then walk around Hirosaki Park, and finally admire the striking features of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aomori trip planning tool .

Take a train from Semboku to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Aomori are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Oirase Mountain Stream
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle

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