22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Fly to Niigata Airport, Drive to Kitashiobara-mura
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Kitashiobara-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hachimantai
— 1 night
Drive
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Towada
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mutsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Aomori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oga
— 3 nights
Drive to Akita Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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Kitashiobara-mura

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Bentennuma, admire the masterpieces at Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, admire the sheer force of Fudo Falls, then explore the activities along Goshikinuma Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Hibara, and finally cruise along Nishiazuma Sky Valley. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Homare Sake Brewrey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oguninuma, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kitashiobara-mura day trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Kitashiobara-mura is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Kitashiobara-mura due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Kitashiobara-mura at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Midagahara Wetlands, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Gassan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, and finally make a trip to Tamugimata Layered Housing. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Ken Domon Museum of Photography, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tsuruoka trip planner.

You can drive from Kitashiobara-mura to Tsuruoka in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Semboku

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): test the waters at Nyuto Onsenkyo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, then contemplate the long history of Omoide no Katabunko, then explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): wander the streets of Kakunodate, get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House, and finally visit Samurai District.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Semboku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Semboku can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Hachimantai

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwate, look for gifts at Matsuo-Hachimantai Aspite Farmers Market, cruise along Hachimantai Asupite line, don't miss a visit to Hachimantai Promenade Peak, then explore the activities along Hachiman Swamp, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hachimantai online route planner.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hachimantai takes 1.5 hours. August in Hachimantai sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Towada.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Towada

— 3 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Explore hidden gems such as Towada Shrine and Itomuka no Irie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Towada: Misawa (Misawa Aviation & Science Museum & Shuji Terayama Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Oirase Gorge, head outdoors with Tsuta Numa, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Towada day trip tool.

Drive from Hachimantai to Towada in 2 hours. When traveling from Hachimantai in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Towada: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mutsu

— 1 night
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 kmĀ², in 29,304 households. On the 29th (Sun), explore the activities along Hiyamizu of Mt. Osore, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Usoriyama, take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, then get outside with Osorezan, and finally appreciate the history behind Datsueba and Keneo Statues.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mutsu itinerary builder.

Drive from Towada to Mutsu in 2 hours. August in Mutsu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aomori Asamushi Aquarium and Thermal Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aomori: Goshogawara (Ashino Park, Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Site, see the interesting displays at Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum, and don't miss a visit to Aomori Shummi Kan.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aomori trip planner.

Drive from Mutsu to Aomori in 2 hours. When traveling from Mutsu in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aomori: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Hirosaki

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shirakami Sanchi and Tsurunomai Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Saga no Taki Fall (in Fujisato-machi) and Fukaura-machi (Lake Juniko, Blue Pond, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, trek along Mt. Iwaki Lifts, stroll around Hirosaki Park, and experience rural life at Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Aomori to Hirosaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oga.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Oga

— 3 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. On the 6th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Nyudozaki, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oga Aquarium Gao, examine the collection at Namahage Museum, then examine the collection at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinzan Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Unsho-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Photo Gallery Blue Hole, get advice or help at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kampu, and finally visit Oga Peninsula.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oga road trip planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Oga in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oga

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.