33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
Train:  3 h 30 min
1
Aomori
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Oma-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Towada
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Morioka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Semboku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Akita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Sakata
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Obanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
13
Yamagata
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
14
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
15
Fukushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
16
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

2
nights
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.
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, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, get your bearings at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aomori trip itinerary planner.

Tokyo to Aomori is an approximately 3.5- hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: high temperatures in Aomori hover around 78°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hakkoda Mountains
Highlights from your plan
A-FACTORY ©
A-FACTORY
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Former Hirosaki City Library, then examine the collection at Tachineputa No Yakata, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine. On the next day, stroll around Hirosaki Park and then explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Hirosaki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hirosaki can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tachineputa No Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Tachineputa No Yakata ©
Tachineputa No Yakata

1
night
Hachinohe

Hachinohe
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hachinohe online road trip planner.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Hachinohe in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 71°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Oma-machi.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Parks Historic Sites Museums

3
nights
Oma-machi

Oma-machi ©
Explore Oma-machi's surroundings by going to Shiriyazaki (in Higashidori-mura), Hotokegaura (in Sai-mura) and Sotogahama-machi (Stairs National Highway, Tappizaki Cape, &more).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oma-machi online journey planner.

Drive from Hachinohe to Oma-machi in 3.5 hours. In August in Oma-machi, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Oma-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sotogahama-machi, Shiriyazaki, Hotokegaura
Highlights from your plan
Stairs National Highway ©
Stairs National Highway
Shiriyazaki ©
Shiriyazaki
Omazaki  Cape ©
Omazaki Cape

1
night
Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head off the coast to Kabushima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kabushima Shrine, and then kick back and relax at Tanesashi Coast.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hachinohe visit app.

Traveling by car from Oma-machi to Hachinohe takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Towada.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tanesashi Coast ©
Tanesashi Coast
Kabushima Shrine ©
Kabushima Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Todo Seihyo Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall.

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

Traveling by car from Hachinohe to Towada takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Morioka.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Koiwai Farm, look for gifts at Lala Iwate, Morioka, then stroll around Iwate Park (Koen), and finally make a trip to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Morioka trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Towada to Morioka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Towada in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Morioka, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Appi Kogen Ski Resort, Koiwai Farm
Highlights from your plan
Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Koiwai Farm ©
Koiwai Farm
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, wander the streets of Samurai District, then stop by Ando Brewery Kajoan, then browse the exhibits of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Ishiguro Samurai House.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip maker.

You can take a train from Morioka to Semboku in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Semboku are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Akita.

Things to do in Semboku

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

2
nights
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Omachi Shinmeisha Shrine and then get engrossed in the history at Shoji Taro Ongakukan. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Akita Akarenga Kyodokan, step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, then appreciate the history behind Satake Yoshitaka Statue, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Michi-no-Eki Akita Port.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Akita journey maker website.

You can take a train from Semboku to Akita in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sakata.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art
Senshu Park ©
Senshu Park
Michi-no-Eki Akita Port ©
Michi-no-Eki Akita Port

3
nights
Sakata

Sakata ©
Sakata is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.As of October 2015, the city has an estimated population of 105,022 and a population density of 174 persons per kmĀ². Get out of town with these interesting Sakata side-trips: Tsuruoka (Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, Ideha Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sankyo Soko Storehouse, make a trip to Former Honma Family Residence, admire the masterpieces at Ken Domon Museum of Photography, and explore the galleries of Somaro.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Sakata trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Akita to Sakata in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Sakata

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tsuruoka
Highlights from your plan
Sankyo Soko Storehouse ©
Sankyo Soko Storehouse
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Matsuo Basho Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Takadachi Gikeido, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiraizumi-cho trip planner.

Getting from Sakata to Hiraizumi-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple

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nights
Obanazawa

Obanazawa ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Shirugane Falls and then get to know the fascinating history of Ginzan Onsen.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Obanazawa trip builder app.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Obanazawa in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen
Onsen Resorts

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nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan and then stroll around Kajo Park. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan, test the waters at a local thermal spa, get outside with Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then don't miss a visit to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yamagata vacation builder.

You can drive from Obanazawa to Yamagata in an hour. In September in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kajo Park ©
Kajo Park
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Bunshokan ©
Bunshokan

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nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Matsushima-machi (Entsu-in Temple, Matsushima Bay, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Sendai Station, browse the exhibits of Zuihoden, and wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sendai day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yamagata to Sendai in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fukushima.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, JR East Nihon Shinkansen Sogo Sharyo Center
Highlights from your plan
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get outside with Bandai-Azuma Skyline, then get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, then make a trip to Tengu no Niwa, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Toko no Sakagura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine, and then get engrossed in the history at Keishoden.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fukushima trip tool.

You can drive from Sendai to Fukushima in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sendai in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fukushima, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Fukushima

Scenic Drive Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Yonezawa
Highlights from your plan
Uesugi Jinja Shrine ©
Uesugi Jinja Shrine
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Tengu no Niwa ©
Tengu no Niwa

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nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama, then steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, then step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Aizu Old Samurai Residences.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu holiday planner.

You can drive from Fukushima to Aizuwakamatsu in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Aizuwakamatsu are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shimogo-machi
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama