15 days in Tohoku Itinerary

15 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Sendai Airport, Drive to Matsushima-machi
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Matsushima-machi
— 1 day
Train
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Semboku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hachimantai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Misawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Matsushima-machi

— 1 day
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): head off the coast to Fukuurajima and then don't miss a visit to Ojima Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsushima-machi road trip app.

New York City, USA to Matsushima-machi is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Matsushima-machi. Traveling from New York City in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Matsushima-machi, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Nature · Parks
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Semboku

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nyuto Onsenkyo and Tono Furusatomura. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gozanoishi Shrine and Ishiguro Samurai House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Semboku: Yokote (Masuda Storehouses & Yokote Masuda Manga Museum) and Mt. Hayachine (in Hanamaki). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Tazawako Ski Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley, and go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Semboku trip planner.

You can take a train from Matsushima-machi to Semboku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Matsushima-machi in March, plan for little chillier nights in Semboku, with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hachimantai

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): hit the slopes at Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōon-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Iwate Museum of Art, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwate.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hachimantai route planning site.

Drive from Semboku to Hachimantai in 1.5 hours. In March in Hachimantai, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Hirosaki

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Iwaki Lifts and Aomori Spring Ski Resort. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Former Umeda Family Residence and Saishoin Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Towada (Ashura no Nagare, Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, &more) and Shirakami no Mori Trail (in Ajigasawa-machi). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture and take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki holiday builder website.

Drive from Hachimantai to Hirosaki in 2 hours. When traveling from Hachimantai in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hirosaki: temperatures range from 39°F by day to 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Misawa.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Misawa

— 2 nights
Misawa is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 39,649, and a population density of 331 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Korekawa Archaeological Institution, then examine the collection at Hachinohe City Museum, then engage your brain at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, and finally stroll around Miss Veedol Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Ashigezaki Lookout, explore the activities along Oirase River, and then test the waters at Tohoku Onsen.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Misawa planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Misawa in 2 hours. Traveling from Hirosaki in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Misawa, with lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Misawa

Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Hiraizumi-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Takadachi Gikeido, then get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanjizaioin Ruins.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Misawa to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

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.