30 days in Akita Prefecture, Aomori Prefecture & Iwate Prefecture Itinerary

30 days in Akita Prefecture, Aomori Prefecture & Iwate Prefecture Itinerary

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1
Yuzawa
— 2 nights
2
Oga
— 2 nights
3
Hirosaki
— 4 nights
4
Mutsu
— 3 nights
5
Towada
— 4 nights
6
Hachimantai
— 4 nights
7
Semboku
— 5 nights
8
Kitakami
— 4 nights

2
nights
Yuzawa

Yuzawa ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take some stellar pictures from Oyasukyo Daifunto, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kawarage Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Kawarage Oyutaki Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Kawara no Yukko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum of Modern Art, don't miss a visit to Masuda Classic Road, then take a stroll through Masuda Storehouses, and finally see the interesting displays at Yokote Masuda Manga Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yuzawa trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Yuzawa is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Yuzawa. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect Yuzawa to be slightly colder, temps between 56°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Oga.

Things to do in Yuzawa

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Yokote
Highlights from your plan
Akita Museum of Modern Art ©
Akita Museum of Modern Art
Onsen Resorts
Oyasukyo Daifunto ©
Oyasukyo Daifunto

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nights
Oga

Oga ©
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao, get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, and finally get answers to all your questions at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Kaneyu, then examine the collection at Namahage Museum, then examine the collection at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unsho-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yuzawa to Oga takes 2 hours. April in Oga sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kaneyu, Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno, Nanohana Road
Highlights from your plan
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu
Kaneyu ©
Kaneyu

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saishoin Temple and Tsurunomai Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Aomori (Jogakura Bridge, Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, &more) and Blue Pond (in Fukaura-machi). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, walk around Hirosaki Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple, and make a trip to Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Oga to Hirosaki in 3 hours. In April in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Aomori, Inakadate-mura, Tsurunomai Bridge, Blue Pond, Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

3
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats and Kamafuseyama Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Mutsu: Sai-mura (Hotokegaura & Hotokegaura Parking) and Shiriyazaki (in Higashidori-mura). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Usoriyama, get outside with Osorezan, make a trip to Omasen Remains, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mutsu tour planner.

Getting from Hirosaki to Mutsu by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Hirosaki in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 46°F in Mutsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Towada.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sai-mura, Higashidori-mura
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Shiriyazaki ©
Shiriyazaki
Hotokegaura Parking ©
Hotokegaura Parking

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nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ashigezaki Lookout and Towada Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Tatehana Wharf Asaichi Hachinohe (in Hachinohe) and Aomori (Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum & Snow Corridor). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, take in the views from Deai-bashi Bridge, get outside with Tsuta Numa, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada trip itinerary site.

Getting from Mutsu to Towada by car takes about 2 hours. In April in Towada, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hachinohe, Aomori, Oirase River
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Onsen Resorts
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

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nights
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Taro Kanko Hotel and Hachimantai Asupite line. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hachimantai: Kitayama Cape (in Tanohata-mura), Morioka (Iwate Park (Koen), Hōon-ji Temple, &more) and Mt. Iwate (in Shizukuishi-cho).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hachimantai travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Towada to Hachimantai by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Morioka, Oyu Stone Circle, Kitayama Cape, Mt. Iwate, Taro Kanko Hotel
Highlights from your plan
Hōon-ji Temple ©
Hōon-ji Temple
Oyu Stone Circle ©
Oyu Stone Circle
Mt. Iwate ©
Mt. Iwate

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi and Ando Jozo Brewery Honten. Change things up with these side-trips from Semboku: Akita (Yojiro Inari Shrine, Senshu Park, &more), Iwate Museum of Art (in Morioka) and Michi-no-Eki Iwaki (in Yurihonjo). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Samurai District, visit Kakunodate, contemplate the long history of Tennei-ji Temple, and appreciate the views at Dakigaeri Valley.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Semboku day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hachimantai to Semboku in 1.5 hours. April in Semboku sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kitakami.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Akita, Iwate Museum of Art, Michi-no-Eki Iwaki
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine

4
nights
Kitakami

Kitakami ©
Kitakami is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 92,945, and a population density of 212 persons per km2 in 37,085 households. Explore hidden gems such as Tenshochi and Geibikei. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kitakami: Yuda Dam (in Nishiwaga-machi), Onsen Resorts (in Hanamaki) and Hiraizumi-cho (Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, Takkoku no Iwaya, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Geto Onsen and examine the collection at Tono Furusatomura.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kitakami trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Semboku to Kitakami by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Kitakami, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kitakami

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hiraizumi-cho, Geibikei, Tono Furusatomura, Yuda Dam, Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Geibikei ©
Geibikei
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple