24 days in Tohoku Itinerary

24 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Sendai Airport, Drive to Hiraizumi-cho
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Semboku
— 2 nights
Train
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Towada
— 3 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fukaura-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Hiraizumi-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Takadachi Gikeido, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple Benkeido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsu-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then pause for some photo ops at Matsuo Basho Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally see the interesting displays at Sankozo.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho travel route builder website.

Melbourne, Australia to Hiraizumi-cho is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Hiraizumi-cho. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Hiraizumi-cho at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley, explore the activities along Amida Pond, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take some stellar pictures from Kuromoriyama Observatory, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Tatsuko. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, take a stroll through Samurai District, admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally explore the activities along Lake Tazawa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip planner.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku in 2 hours. September in Semboku sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Towada.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Towada is known for nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, head outdoors with Tsuta Numa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Towada tour itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Semboku to Towada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Semboku, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Towada, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Aomori is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, admire the verdant scenery at Tashirotai Heights, and admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aomori trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Towada to Aomori takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Towada in October, Aomori is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hirosaki

— 3 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.
Hirosaki is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Shirakami Sanchi, make a trip to Neputa Display Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station.

Plan a Hirosaki trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aomori to Hirosaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Fukaura-machi.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Fukaura-machi

— 1 night
On the 8th (Fri), explore the activities along Blue Pond, explore the activities along Lake Juniko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shunkozan Engakuji Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Senjyojiki Beach, and finally go for a walk through Oiwa Coast.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fukaura-machi journey website.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Fukaura-machi takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Fukaura-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Tsuruoka

— 3 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tsuruoka: Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Sakata (Ken Domon Museum of Photography, Former Honma Family Residence, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Haguro, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tsuruoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fukaura-machi to Tsuruoka takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fukaura-machi in October, expect Tsuruoka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aizuwakamatsu

— 3 nights
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shimogo-machi (Tonohetsuri, Ouchijuku, &more), Inawashiro-machi (Noguchi Hideyo Memorial & Bandai Kogen) and British Hills (in Tenei-mura). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, make a trip to Byakkotai's Tomb, admire the masterpieces at Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aizuwakamatsu road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Aizuwakamatsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Aizuwakamatsu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Yagiyama Zoological Park, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Date Masumune on a Horse, appreciate the history behind Zuihoden, then buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Sendai, and finally make a trip to Sendai Station. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally make a trip to Godaido.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in October, Sendai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.