29 days in Tohoku Itinerary

29 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Akita Airport, Drive to Semboku
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Semboku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Aomori
— 6 nights
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Semboku

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Tazawa and Komata Valley. Popular historic sites such as Samurai District and Gozanoishi Shrine are in your itinerary. Take a break from Semboku with a short trip to Senshu Park in Akita, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinbou Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, and appreciate the views at Dakigaeri Valley.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Semboku trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Semboku is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Semboku. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Semboku. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tsuruoka

— 4 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Get some historical perspective at Mt. Haguro and Ideha Shrine. Visiting Mt. Gassan and Midagahara Wetlands will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tsuruoka: Sakata (Honma Art Museum Garden, Sankyo Soko Storehouse, &more) and Yuzawa (Kawarage Oyutaki Falls & Kawara no Yukko). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, and admire the striking features of Otorii.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tsuruoka trip planner.

Getting from Semboku to Tsuruoka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 4 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Take a break from the city and head to Okama Crater and Mt. Katta. Visit Risshaku-ji Temple and Sendaijo Ato for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamagata: Matsushima-machi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Entsu-in Temple, &more), Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama) and Sendai (Jozenji-dori Avenue, Sendai Station, &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mutsukunugi Hachimangu and pause for some photo ops at Matsuo Basho and Sora Statue.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yamagata, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Yamagata in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Goshikinuma Lake and Lake Hibara. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tsuruga jo Castle and Ouchijuku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aizuwakamatsu: Bandai Kogen (in Inawashiro-machi), Yunokami Onsen (in Shimogo-machi) and Kai Honke Kurazashiki (in Kitakata). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sazaedo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama, take in the exciting artwork at Suzuzen, and admire the striking features of Aizu Old Samurai Residences.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aizuwakamatsu attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Yamagata to Aizuwakamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Aizuwakamatsu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Hiraizumi-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple Benkeido, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Oi-do. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Sankozo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsu-ji Temple.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Hirosaki

— 5 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.
Visiting Shirakami Sanchi and Lake Juniko will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Hirosaki Castle and Former Hirosaki City Library. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukaura-machi (Blue Pond & Senjyojiki Beach), Saga no Taki Fall (in Fujisato-machi) and Shirakami no Mori Trail (in Ajigasawa-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, walk around Hirosaki Park, contemplate the long history of Former Umeda Family Residence, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki attractions planner.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Hirosaki in 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in October: high temperatures in Hirosaki hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aomori

— 6 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Sannai-Maruyama Site and Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Oirase Gorge and Osorezan. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Usoriyama (in Mutsu) and Towada (Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, Hakufu no Taki, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, head outdoors with Hakkoda Odake, admire the verdant scenery at Tashirotai Heights, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aomori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Aomori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Aomori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.