22 days in Tohoku & Iwate Prefecture Itinerary

22 days in Tohoku & Iwate Prefecture Itinerary

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Oga
— 1 night
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Fukaura-machi
— 2 nights
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
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Mutsu
— 1 night
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Towada
— 3 nights
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
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Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 4 nights

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Oga

Oga ©
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. On the 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Unsho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinzan Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally visit Oga Peninsula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Namahage Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road, then get answers to all your questions at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oga trip planner.

London, UK to Oga is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in September, expect Oga to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fukaura-machi.

Things to do in Oga

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Shinzan Shrine ©
Shinzan Shrine
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu

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Fukaura-machi

Fukaura-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Moriyama Beach, get outside with Koganezaki, soak in some Japanese tradition at Furofushi Onsen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shunkozan Engakuji Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Senjyojiki Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Juniko, explore the activities along Blue Pond, take in the dramatic natural features at Nihon Canyon, then head outdoors with Omagoshi Beach, and finally get outside with Yukiaizaki.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fukaura-machi trip itinerary app.

Getting from Oga to Fukaura-machi by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Fukaura-machi can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Fukaura-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Furofushi Onsen ©
Furofushi Onsen
Koganezaki ©
Koganezaki
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirakami Sanchi and Saishoin Temple. Choshoji Temple and Western Style Architecture are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Aomori (Aomori Gyosai Center Honten & Sannai-Maruyama Site). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Former Umeda Family Residence, experience rural life at Hirosaki Apple Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hirosaki tour planner.

You can drive from Fukaura-machi to Hirosaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Former Umeda Family Residence ©
Former Umeda Family Residence
Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple

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Mutsu

Mutsu ©
Mutsu is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 59,807, and a population density of 69.2 persons per km², in 29,304 households. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Yagen River, take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, get outside with Osorezan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Usoriyama, and finally make a trip to Hokuyokan.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mutsu online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Mutsu takes 3 hours. Traveling from Hirosaki in September, Mutsu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Towada.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Osorezan ©
Osorezan

3
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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Escape the urban bustle at Tsuta Numa and Ashura no Nagare. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Towada Shrine and Itomuka no Irie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Towada: Aomori (Jogakura Bridge & Snow Corridor) and Misawa (Hotokenuma & Misawa Aviation & Science Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Sensuji no Taki, make a trip to Statue of Maidens, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Towada online road trip planner.

Getting from Mutsu to Towada by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Towada can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine
Onsen Resorts

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): boost your wellbeing at Nyuto Onsenkyo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake, admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley, then look for gifts at Ando Brewery Kajoan, then take a stroll through Samurai District, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then take a stroll through Kakunodate, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Semboku trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Towada to Semboku in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Towada in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Semboku, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, steep yourself in history at Takadachi Gikeido, then examine the collection at Sankozo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple Benkeido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Yukyunoyu Hiraizumi Onsen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mine Yakushi-do, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyu Oi-do, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Yoshitsune’s Wife and a Daughter, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiraizumi-cho day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hiraizumi-cho are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Takadachi Gikeido ©
Takadachi Gikeido

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yudonosan Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tamugimata Layered Housing, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Gassan, then explore the striking landscape at Midagahara Wetlands, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Haguro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaikoji Temple, then examine the collection at Somaro, and finally look for gifts at Sakata Yumenokura.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka visit planner.

Getting from Hiraizumi-cho to Tsuruoka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mt. Gassan ©
Mt. Gassan
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church ©
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church
Kaikoji Temple ©
Kaikoji Temple

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Take a break from the city and head to Izunuma and Uchinuma Swamp and Umanose. Head to Minamisanriku Sansan Market and Itagaki, Asaichifor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Toyoma Education Museum (Old Toyoma Elementary School) (in Tome), Entsu-in Temple (in Matsushima-machi) and Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sendai online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Tsuruoka in October, with lows around 19°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple