15 days in Tohoku Itinerary

15 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tohoku travel route planner

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

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Tsuruoka

— 3 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 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, and finally steep yourself in history at Chidokan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yudonosan Shrine, then snap pictures at Miyukibashi Bridge, then make a trip to Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, and finally stroll around Tsuruoka Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tsuruoka day trip planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Tsuruoka is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Dammam to Tsuruoka, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dammam in November: high temperatures in Tsuruoka hover around 14°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oga.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Hachibodai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinzan Shrine, and then see the interesting displays at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kampu, then see the interesting displays at Namahage Museum, and then go for a walk through Nyudozaki.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Oga tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Oga takes 3 hours. Traveling from Tsuruoka in November, Oga is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Iwaki Lifts and Former Hirosaki City Library. Your inner history buff will appreciate Choshoji Temple and Iwakiyama Shrine. Step out of Hirosaki to go to Fukaura-machi and see Senjyojiki Beach, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum, get answers to all your questions at Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center, walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at United Church of Christ in Japan Hirosaki Church.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hirosaki trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Oga to Hirosaki takes 3 hours. In November in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Morioka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Morioka

— 3 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hōon-ji Temple and Sakurayama Shrine. Samurai District and Ishiguro Samurai House will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Morioka: Semboku (Heart Herb, Kakunodate, &more). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Fesan and don't miss a visit to Mikoda Asaichi.

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You can drive from Hirosaki to Morioka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Morioka are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Nishiiwai-gun.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Nishiiwai-gun

— 1 night
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally contemplate the long history of Takadachi Gikeido. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then look for gifts at Kakkoya, and finally contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nishiiwai-gun tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Morioka to Nishiiwai-gun takes 1.5 hours. In November in Nishiiwai-gun, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nishiiwai-gun

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.