29 days in Tokyo & Tohoku Itinerary

29 days in Tokyo & Tohoku Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Towada
— 3 nights
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Aomori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Hachimantai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Semboku
— 3 nights
Train
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Sendai
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

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San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. In March, Tokyo is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Misawa (Misawa Aviation & Science Museum & Misawa City Shiminnomori Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Towada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Towada hover around 43°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the awesome beauty at Tashirotai Heights, and snap pictures at Aomori Bay Bridge.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aomori day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Towada to Aomori in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Towada in April, Aomori is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

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.
Step out of Hirosaki to go to Goshogawara and see Tachineputa No Yakata, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Hirosaki Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, pause for some serene contemplation at United Church of Christ in Japan Hirosaki Church, and steep yourself in history at Too Gijyuku Gaijin Kyoshikan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hirosaki online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Hirosaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Hirosaki sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Hachimantai

— 3 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Hachimantai: Morioka (Goza 9 Mori 9 Shoten, Rock-breaking Cherry Tree, &more) and Tenshochi (in Kitakami).

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hachimantai online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Hachimantai takes 2 hours. Traveling from Hirosaki in April, things will get a bit warmer in Hachimantai: highs are around 59°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Semboku

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Semboku: Senshu Park (in Akita) and Koiwai Farm (in Shizukuishi-cho). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Samurai District, go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Semboku journey planning site.

Getting from Hachimantai to Semboku by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Semboku are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, explore the historical opulence of Aoba Castle Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho, and finally make a trip to Sendai Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, then take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sendai attractions planner.

You can take a train from Semboku to Sendai in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Semboku in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sendai, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)), Anest Iwata Sky Lounge (in Yugawara-machi) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). See some other sides of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Hachiko.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Tokyo online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.