16 days in Tohoku Itinerary

16 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Sendai
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
2
Towada
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Semboku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Singapore

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Matsushima-machi (Sukashi Bridge, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more), Zao-machi (Mt. Katta & Okama Crater) and Yamagata (Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, Risshaku-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Sendai Station, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sendai trip planning site.

Singapore, Singapore to Sendai is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Sendai reach 13°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Yamagata, Zao-machi
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

3
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Change things up with these side-trips from Towada: Aomori (Tashirotai Heights, Hakkoda Odake, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall, explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, and take in panoramic vistas at Kankodai.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Towada travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Sendai to Towada in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Towada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aomori, Oirase River
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Oirase River ©
Oirase River

3
nights
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Goshogawara (Ashino Park, Shayokan, &more) and Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Site, Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hirosaki day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Towada to Hirosaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Towada in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Hirosaki, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aomori, Goshogawara
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Semboku: Akita (Kubota Castle, Senshu Park, &more) and Morioka (Morioka Museum of Letter, Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, &more). And it doesn't end there: visit Samurai District, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the pleasant sights at Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, and contemplate the long history of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum.

Start your trip to Semboku by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Hirosaki to Semboku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In November in Semboku, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Morioka, Akita
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Senshu Park ©
Senshu Park

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyu Oi-do, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankozo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho attractions planning app.

Drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do

2
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
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 28th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Miyaizumi Meijo Brewery, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, step into the grandiose world of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, then take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama, then steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, and finally admire the striking features of Aizu Old Samurai Residences.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aizuwakamatsu online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Aizuwakamatsu in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama