26 days in Tohoku Itinerary

26 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Aomori
— 3 nights
2
Semboku
— 2 nights
3
Sendai
— 2 nights
4
Matsushima-machi
— 3 nights
5
Zao-machi
— 1 night
6
Yamagata
— 3 nights
7
Kitashiobara-mura
— 4 nights
8
Shimogo-machi
— 3 nights
9
Towada
— 3 nights

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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aomori: Hirosaki (Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, take in the views from Jogakura Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Site.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aomori holiday maker tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Aomori is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Aomori to be much colder, temps between 1°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Hakkoda Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hakkoda Mountains ©
Hakkoda Mountains
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, wander the streets of Samurai District, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, then contemplate the long history of Ishiguro Samurai House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yokodake, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Obukasawa Observatory.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Semboku trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Aomori to Semboku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Semboku, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sendai Uminomori Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Hirose River, then take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato, then step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, then admire the sheer force of Akiu Fall, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sendai trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Semboku to Sendai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Semboku in December, with highs in Sendai at 8°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sendai Uminomori Aquarium ©
Sendai Uminomori Aquarium
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station

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Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsushima-machi side-trips: Chuson-ji Temple (in Hiraizumi-cho) and Osaki (Onsen Resorts & Naruko Valley). And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, snap pictures at Fukuurabashi Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Matsushima-machi trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Sendai to Matsushima-machi by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Osaki, Chuson-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Naruko Valley ©
Naruko Valley

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Zao-machi

Zao-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Okama Crater, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta, get outside with Zao Echo Line, then take in panoramic vistas at Takimidai Lookout, and finally stroll around Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zao-machi online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsushima-machi to Zao-machi in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Matsushima-machi in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zao-machi, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park
Highlights from your plan
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park ©
Mt. Katta ©
Mt. Katta

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Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uesugi Jinja Shrine (in Yonezawa) and Yudonosan Shrine (in Tsuruoka). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and don't miss a visit to Frost Covered Trees of Zao.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Yamagata itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Zao-machi to Yamagata by car takes about an hour. When traveling from Zao-machi in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yamagata: temperatures range from 4°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Uesugi Jinja Shrine, Yudonosan Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao

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Kitashiobara-mura

Kitashiobara-mura ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kitashiobara-mura: Ganjoji Temple (in Kitakata) and Aizuwakamatsu (Sazaedo, Tsuruga jo Castle, &more).

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kitashiobara-mura trip planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Kitashiobara-mura in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kitashiobara-mura are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Shimogo-machi.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aizuwakamatsu, Ganjoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Goshikinuma Lake ©
Goshikinuma Lake
Lake Hibara ©
Lake Hibara

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Shimogo-machi

Shimogo-machi ©
Step out of Shimogo-machi with an excursion to Oshiraji Falls in Yaita--about 1h 15 min away.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimogo-machi trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kitashiobara-mura to Shimogo-machi by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Shimogo-machi, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Shimogo-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge, Oshiraji Falls, Nichien Momiji Line
Highlights from your plan
Tonohetsuri ©
Tonohetsuri
Ouchijuku ©
Ouchijuku
Oshiraji Falls ©
Oshiraji Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Towada.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Towada trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Shimogo-machi to Towada in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Shimogo-machi in December, you will find days in Towada are slightly colder (3°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Oirase River, Lake Towada
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center