22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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22 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
Mutsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Towada
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Semboku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Yamagata
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Fukushima
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

2
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. On the 11th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, get outside with Osorezan, then admire the sheer force of Otaki Waterfall, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Wakinosawa West Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Kamafuseyama Observatory, identify plant and animal life at Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats, then explore the activities along Yagen River, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Usoriyama.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mutsu sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Mutsu is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Mutsu is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Towada.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats
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Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Osorezan ©
Osorezan

1
night
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get outside with Tsuta Numa, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada tour planner.

You can drive from Mutsu to Towada in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Oirase River
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Onsen Resorts
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

3
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.
Get outdoors at Shirakami Sanchi and Blue Pond. Visit Iwakiyama Shrine and Saishoin Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Fukaura-machi (Koganezaki & Senjyojiki Beach) and Thermal Spas (in Aomori). The adventure continues: hike along Mt. Iwaki Lifts, stroll around Hirosaki Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hirosaki road trip planner.

You can drive from Towada to Hirosaki in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Hirosaki when traveling from Towada in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukaura-machi, Thermal Spas, Shirakami Sanchi
Highlights from your plan
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine
Koganezaki ©
Koganezaki

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Onsen Resorts and Mt. Akita Komagatake. Step out of the city life by going to Dakigaeri Valley and Tazawako Ski Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Semboku: Emman-ji Temple Kannondo (in Hanamaki) and Hōon-ji Temple (in Morioka). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Samurai District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, explore the activities along Amida Pond, and identify plant and animal life at Sashimaki Shitsugen Mizubasho Gunseichi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Semboku road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Semboku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hanamaki, Hōon-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kakunodate ©
Kakunodate
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Dakigaeri Valley ©
Dakigaeri Valley

2
nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 20th (Wed), appreciate the views at Geibikei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally examine the collection at Sankozo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Izunuma and Uchinuma Swamp, then get engrossed in the history at Tome City History Museum, and finally stroll around Tenshochi.

Plan my day in Hiraizumi-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. In May in Hiraizumi-cho, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tenshochi, Izunuma and Uchinuma Swamp, Tome City History Museum, Geibikei
Highlights from your plan
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Geibikei ©
Geibikei

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach and Yudonosan Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ideha Shrine and Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi), Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh (in Nikaho) and Sakata (Senryu-ji Temple & Kaikoji Temple). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenpoji, enjoy the sand and surf at Yunohama Beach, and make a trip to Tamugimata Layered Housing.

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Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Tsuruoka takes 3.5 hours. In May in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakata, Mt. Gassan, Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church ©
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church
Mt. Gassan ©
Mt. Gassan
Zenpoji ©
Zenpoji

3
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shiogama Shrine and Rinnoji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Onsen Resorts and Rairaikyo Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamagata: Gassan Shrine (in Nishikawa-machi), Sendai (Sunmall Ichibancho, Aoba Castle Museum, & more) and Zuiganji (in Matsushima-machi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Okama Crater, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yamagata trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Yamagata takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yamagata can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fukushima.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sendai, Zao-machi, Gassan Shrine, Kumano Taisha Shrine, Shiogama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Shiogama Shrine ©
Shiogama Shrine
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine
Gassan Shrine ©
Gassan Shrine

3
nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Abukumado Limestone Cave, get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Miharutakizakura, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hibara, then appreciate the views at Bandai Kogen, and finally take in the views from Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fukushima travel planner.

Drive from Yamagata to Fukushima in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Fukushima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Hibara, Miharutakizakura, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Abukumado Limestone Cave, Bandai Kogen
Highlights from your plan
Abukumado Limestone Cave ©
Abukumado Limestone Cave
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Lake Hibara ©
Lake Hibara

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