33 days in Tohoku Itinerary

33 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Hirosaki
— 2 nights
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Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive
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Oma-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive
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Towada
— 2 nights
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Morioka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sakata
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
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Obanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukushima
— 2 nights
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
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Aomori

— 2 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 striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, snap pictures at Aomori Bay Bridge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aomori Asamushi Aquarium.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Aomori online itinerary planner.

Tokyo to Aomori is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in August; daily highs in Aomori reach 78°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hirosaki

— 2 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.
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.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Hirosaki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. 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

Hachinohe

— 1 night
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
To see maps, reviews, more things to do, 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 · Shopping

Oma-machi

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

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Oma-machi trip planner.

Getting from Hachinohe to Oma-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. August in Oma-machi sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Oma-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Hachinohe

— 1 night
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 ratings, reviews, 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Towada

— 2 nights
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 Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, 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 take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Morioka

— 2 nights
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 ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Morioka trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Towada to Morioka in 1.5 hours. 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 drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Semboku

— 2 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.
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, get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, then stop by Ando Brewery Kajoan, then steep yourself in history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Ishiguro Samurai House.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip maker.

You can drive from Morioka to Semboku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. 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 go by car to Akita.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Akita

— 2 nights
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 get great views at Michi-no-Eki Akita Port.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Akita journey maker website.

You can drive from Semboku to Akita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. 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 · Nature

Sakata

— 3 nights
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). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sankyo Soko Storehouse, see the interesting displays at Somaro, explore the world behind art at Ken Domon Museum of Photography, and don't miss a visit to Former Honma Family Residence.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sakata trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Akita to Sakata in 2 hours. September in Sakata sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 65°F at night. 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 · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hiraizumi-cho

— 2 nights
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.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, 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

Obanazawa

— 2 nights
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 find ratings, where to stay, maps, 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

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trip

Yamagata

— 2 nights
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at 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.

For ratings, maps, photos, 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 · Spas

Sendai

— 2 nights
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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sendai day trip planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Sendai in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. 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 · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Fukushima

— 2 nights
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore and take pictures at 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 traveler tips, photos, ratings, 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

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aizuwakamatsu

— 2 nights
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.

To find maps, 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 · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.

Shimokita-gun travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Monuments