18 days in Iwate Prefecture Itinerary

18 days in Iwate Prefecture Itinerary

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18 days in Iwate Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
1
Shizukuishi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hanamaki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Miyako
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tono
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Hiraizumi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Shizukuishi-cho

Shizukuishi-cho ©
Iwate Park (Koen) and Hōon-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Morioka Castle Ruins and Morioka Hachimangu will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Shizukuishi-cho side-trips: Morioka (Malios Observation Room, Kaiunbashi Bridge, & more).

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shizukuishi-cho day trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Shizukuishi-cho is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Shizukuishi-cho is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Shizukuishi-cho are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanamaki.

Things to do in Shizukuishi-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Morioka
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Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Sakurayama Shrine ©
Sakurayama Shrine
Mt. Iwate ©
Mt. Iwate

4
nights
Hanamaki

Hanamaki ©
Hanamaki is a city in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 97,401, and a population density of 107 persons per km2, in 36,859 households. Get in touch with nature at Appi Kogen and Gembi Valley. Get some cultural insight at Miyazawa Kenji Memorial and Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tales Village. Get out of town with these interesting Hanamaki side-trips: Mt. Iwate Yakehashiri Lava Flow (in Hachimantai), Geibikei (in Ichinoseki) and Kokusekiji Temple (in Oshu). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mt. Hayachine, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamabuchi no Taki Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenshochi, and see the interesting displays at Michinoku Folklore Village.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hanamaki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shizukuishi-cho to Hanamaki takes 1.5 hours. In May in Hanamaki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyako.

Things to do in Hanamaki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ichinoseki, Kitakami, Hachimantai, Kokusekiji Temple
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Gembi Valley ©
Gembi Valley
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Miyazawa Kenji Memorial ©
Miyazawa Kenji Memorial

2
nights
Miyako

Miyako ©
Miyako is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 54,573, and a population density of 43.3 persons per km2. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): Head underground at Ryusendo Limestone Cave, then make a trip to Taro Kanko Hotel, then stroll through Shinsai Memorial Park Nakanohama, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Blowhole. On your second day here, go for a stroll along the water at Jodogahama Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Gassan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jodogahama Natural Pathway.

Discover how to plan a Miyako trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hanamaki to Miyako takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Miyako can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tono.

Things to do in Miyako

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ryusendo Limestone Cave
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Jodogahama  Beach ©
Jodogahama Beach
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Mt. Gassan ©
Mt. Gassan

4
nights
Tono

Tono ©
Tono is a city in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 28,098, and a population density of 34 persons per km² in 10,089 households. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tono Furusatomura and Denshoen. Take a break from the city and head to Kitayama Cape and Mt. Hikami. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tono: Miracle Lone Pine Tree (in Rikuzentakata), Rokando (in Sumita-cho) and Goishi Kaigan Beach (in Ofunato). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kappabuchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamaishi Daikannon, make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Tono Kazenooka, and examine the collection at Tono Municipal Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tono online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Miyako to Tono takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tono can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Tono

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rikuzentakata, Kamaishi Daikannon, Kitayama Cape, Goishi Kaigan Beach, Rokando
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Mt. Hikami ©
Mt. Hikami
Denshoen ©
Denshoen
Tono Municipal Museum ©
Tono Municipal Museum

3
nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Get some historical perspective at Chuson-ji Temple and Takadachi Gikeido. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Motsu-ji Temple and Takkoku no Iwaya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiraizumi-cho route planning app .

Getting from Tono to Hiraizumi-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do