15 days in Tohoku Itinerary

15 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tohoku tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Niigata Airport, Drive to Aizuwakamatsu
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nishiiwai-gun
— 1 night
Drive
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Oga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Morioka
— 3 nights
Train
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Sendai
— 1 night
Fly

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Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 night
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Aizu Old Samurai Residences, don't miss a visit to Nanokamachidori, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Oyakuen, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument Donated by Rome. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Inawashiro and then take an in-depth tour of Noguchi Hideyo Memorial.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu trip planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Aizuwakamatsu due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in April, with highs in Aizuwakamatsu at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Tsuruoka

— 2 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Chidokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ideha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, then stroll around Tsuruoka Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka travel app.

Drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Tsuruoka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Tsuruoka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nishiiwai-gun.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks

Nishiiwai-gun

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Matsuo Basho Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nishiiwai-gun trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Tsuruoka to Nishiiwai-gun by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nishiiwai-gun can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oga.

Things to do in Nishiiwai-gun

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Oga

— 2 nights
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 29th (Sun): make a trip to Nyudozaki, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oga Aquarium Gao, then examine the collection at Namahage Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): get great views at Michi-no-Eki Akita Port and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oga trip planner.

Getting from Nishiiwai-gun to Oga by car takes about 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Oga are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Hirosaki

— 3 nights
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 1st (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hirosaki Apple Park, admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, then make a trip to Former Hirosaki City Library, and finally walk around Hirosaki Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hirosaki trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Oga to Hirosaki takes 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hirosaki are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Morioka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites

Morioka

— 3 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hōon-ji Temple and Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building. Get out of town with these interesting Morioka side-trips: Semboku (Samurai District, Ishiguro Samurai House, &more) and Hachimantai (Onsen Resorts & Hachimandaira Promenade Peak). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree and browse the different shops at Fesan.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Morioka online attractions planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Morioka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hirosaki in May: high temperatures in Morioka hover around 25°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Yagiyama Zoological Park, then catch a live event at Yurtec Stadium Sendai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, and finally take a memorable tour with Kanezaki Sasakama Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): stop by Sendai Mediatheque, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and then enjoy breathtaking views from AER Lookout Terrace.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai road trip app.

You can take a train from Morioka to Sendai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Morioka in May, you will find days in Sendai are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.