22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  15​h 15​min
1
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Inawashiro-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fukushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Oga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Mutsu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Towada
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
9
Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Izumigatake, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Okunikkawa Ravine. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoon-ji Temple, learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, then examine the collection at Tanabata Museum, and finally get outside with Tsukihama Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai online visit planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sendai is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sendai due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Inawashiro-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Tsukihama Beach
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Mt. Izumigatake ©
Mt. Izumigatake
Atago Jinja Shrine ©
Atago Jinja Shrine
Tohoku University of Natural History ©

1
night
Inawashiro-machi

Inawashiro-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hanitsu Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls, and then appreciate the views at Numajiri Kogen.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inawashiro-machi holiday site .

You can drive from Sendai to Inawashiro-machi in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sendai in April since evenings lows in Inawashiro-machi dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Fukushima.

Things to do in Inawashiro-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls ©
Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls
Hanitsu Shrine ©
Hanitsu Shrine

2
nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Jododaira Wetland, then examine the collection at Fukushima City Minka-en, and then get outside with Nakanofudoson. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Bikki Numa, then experience rural life at Marusei Orchard, and then walk around Handayama Natural Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fukushima holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Inawashiro-machi to Fukushima takes 1.5 hours. In April in Fukushima, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Handayama Natural Park
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Fukushima City Minka-en ©
Fukushima City Minka-en
Marusei Orchard ©
Marusei Orchard

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenpoji, and then explore the striking landscape at Midagahara Wetlands. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then contemplate the long history of Gyokusenji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanno Hie Shrine.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tsuruoka route builder .

You can drive from Fukushima to Tsuruoka in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Oga.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Zenpoji ©
Zenpoji
Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum ©
Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum
Gyokusenji Temple ©
Gyokusenji Temple

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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 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dairyuji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Namahage Statue in Monzen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unsho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mantaibutsu. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogata Fuji, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ogata Prairie Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Oga trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Oga takes 3 hours. April in Oga sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Minamiakita-gun
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Dairyuji Temple ©
Dairyuji Temple
Mt. Ogata Fuji ©
Mt. Ogata Fuji

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Senjyojiki Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Mt. Iwaki Lifts and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Oga to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mutsu.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakami Sanchi, Senjyojiki Beach
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Senjyojiki Beach ©
Senjyojiki Beach
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple

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nights
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. Hokuyokan and Entsuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Mutsu City Wakinozawa Wild Monkeys Park and Otaki Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Wakinosawa West Beach, engage your brain at Mutsu Science Museum, explore the activities along Hiyamizu of Mt. Osore, and make a trip to Former Ominato Water Supply Source Facility.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Mutsu journey builder .

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Mutsu takes 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mutsu when traveling from Hirosaki in April, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Towada.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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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.
On the 4th (Mon), examine the collection at Hachinohe City Museum, then head outdoors with Tsuta Numa, and then take in the views from Deai-bashi Bridge. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Itomuka no Irie, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, and then explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mutsu to Towada takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Towada can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hachinohe City Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tamagawa Onsen Nature Study Paths. On your second day here, examine the collection at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, then examine the collection at Katakurikan, and then identify plant and animal life at Sashimaki Shitsugen Mizubasho Gunseichi.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Semboku vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Towada to Semboku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan

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nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Yaginogosho Museum, examine the collection at Michinoku Folklore Village, and then examine the collection at Toyoma Education Museum (Old Toyoma Elementary School). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Kinkei, examine the collection at Sankozo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mine Yakushi-do, and finally steep yourself in history at Yanagi no Gosho Site.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho travel planner .

You can drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. In May in Hiraizumi-cho, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Michinoku Folklore Village, Toyoma Education Museum (Old Toyoma Elementary School)
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