20 days in Tohoku Itinerary

20 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 day
Bus to Fukushima(Fukushima), Train to Yamagata
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsushima-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Morioka
— 2 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 1 night
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
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Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 day
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the galleries of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, don't miss a visit to Byakkotai's Tomb, steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu trip itinerary planner.

Tokyo to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Aizuwakamatsu: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Yamagata Retro Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Tendo Onsen, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Torikabuto, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sugawa Onsen Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Bunshokan, explore the historical opulence of Yamagata castle, then walk around Kajo Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Yamagata, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yamagata day trip planning site.

Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Yamagata are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Sendai

— 4 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Head to Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage and Mitsui Outlet Park, Sendai Portfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Sendaijo Ato and Osaki Hachiman Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, hunt for treasures at Sendai Asaichi, buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Sendai, and don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yamagata to Sendai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Yamagata, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Matsushima-machi

— 2 nights
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.
On the 8th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Shiogama Seafood Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, make a trip to Godaido, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Urakasumijyozomotosaura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, snap pictures at Sukashi Bridge, then look for gifts at Minamisanriku Sansan Market, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Onagawa onsen Yupoppo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matsushima-machi trip builder tool.

Drive from Sendai to Matsushima-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Matsushima-machi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Hiraizumi-cho

— 3 nights
Popular historic sites such as Chuson-ji Temple and Motsu-ji Temple are in your itinerary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho day trip planner.

Drive from Matsushima-machi to Hiraizumi-cho in 1.5 hours. July in Hiraizumi-cho sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Morioka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Morioka

— 2 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Shrine, snap pictures at Kaiunbashi Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Fesan, then look for gifts at Kogensya, then make a trip to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree, and finally walk around Iwate Park (Koen). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Takamura Kotaro Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Hanamaki Onsen Rose Garden, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then admire the sheer force of Kamabuchi no Taki Fall, and finally try to win big at Oro Park (Morioka Keibajo).

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Morioka online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Morioka takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Morioka

Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aomori

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Sannai-Maruyama Site, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then browse the fresh offerings at Furukawa Market Aomori Gyosai Center Nokkedon, then browse the different shops at A-FACTORY, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Auga Fresh Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aomori online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Morioka to Aomori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Morioka in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Aomori, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Hirosaki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, stroll around Hirosaki Park, then contemplate the long history of Former Hirosaki City Library, then steep yourself in history at Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, hike along Mt. Iwaki Lifts, soak in some Japanese tradition at Dake Onsenkyo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Too Gijyuku Gaijin Kyoshikan, and finally stop by Omoide Shop Sakura House.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hirosaki trip planner.

Getting from Aomori to Hirosaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Hirosaki can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mt. Haguro and Sankyo Soko Storehouse. Get out of town with these interesting Tsuruoka side-trips: Sakata (Former Honma Family Residence & Sakata Seafood Market). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, and don't miss a visit to Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tsuruoka road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Tsuruoka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trip

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.

Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

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