39 days in Tohoku Itinerary

39 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Towada
— 4 nights
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Sendai
— 4 nights
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
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Tsuruoka
— 4 nights
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
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Kitashiobara-mura
— 2 nights
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Hachimantai
— 4 nights
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
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Aomori
— 4 nights

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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Towada is known for nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, see Guriland, and take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Towada trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Towada is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Towada. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect nights in Towada to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tour
Guriland
4.7

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Umanose (in Rifu-cho), Matsushima-machi (Fukuurabashi Bridge, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Osaki (Thermal Spas & Naruko Valley). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sendai trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Towada to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Towada in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sendai, with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Castle
Sendaijo Ato
3.5
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Religious Site
Entsu-in Temple
4.4
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Canyon
Naruko Valley
4.4

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Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamagata: Chonen-ji Temple (in Sagae), Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park (in Kawasaki-machi) and Asobia Land (in Higashine). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Katta, don't miss a visit to Uesugi Family Byosho Graves, and cruise along Zao Echo Line.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yamagata trip builder.

Getting from Sendai to Yamagata by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sendai in November since evenings lows in Yamagata dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Geologic Formation
Okama Crater
4.3
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Religious Site
Risshaku-ji Temple
4.4
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Religious Site
Uesugi Jinja Shrine
4.0

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tsuruoka: Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi), Doharataki Fall (in Yuza-machi) and Sakata (Sankyo Soko Storehouse, Somaro, &more). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Tamugimata Layered Housing.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tsuruoka tour planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Tsuruoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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Mountain
Mt. Haguro
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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Explore Aizuwakamatsu's surroundings by going to Inawashiro-machi (Kannonji River & Sakura Trees Along Kannonji River), Nihonmatsu (Mount Adatara & The ruins of Nihonmatsu Castle) and Shimogo-machi (Ouchijuku & Tonohetsuri). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, make a trip to Nanokamachidori, steep yourself in history at Kaihi Clinic Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Aizuwakamatsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Aizuwakamatsu sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Must see
Tsuruga jo Castle
4.1
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Historic Walking Area
Ouchijuku
3.9
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Historic Site
Sazaedo
3.9

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Kitashiobara-mura

Kitashiobara-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Akanuma, explore the activities along Goshikinuma Lake, explore the activities along Lake Hibara, then admire the masterpieces at Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanitsu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Nishiazuma Sky Valley, take a tour by water with Bandai Kankosen Lake Cruise in Hibara, explore the activities along Bentennuma, take in the dramatic scenery at Fudo Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Azuma Mountain Range, and finally stop by Tengendai Lift.

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Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Kitashiobara-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Water Body
Goshikinuma Lake
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Water Body
Lake Hibara
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Historic Site
Hanitsu Shrine
4.4

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Oi-do. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Kurikoma Pass, steep yourself in history at Yanagi no Gosho Site, contemplate the long history of Takadachi Gikeido, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Kitashiobara-mura to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Religious Site
Chuson-ji Temple
4.3
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Historic Site
Motsu-ji Temple
4.0
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Religious Site
Takkoku no Iwaya
4.4

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, take a stroll through Samurai District, admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake, explore the activities along Amida Pond, then snap pictures at Yugaose Bridge, then get advice or help at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, and finally stop by Lala Iwate, Morioka.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Semboku day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku takes 2 hours. November in Semboku sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Lake Tazawa
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Neighborhood
Samurai District
4.1

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Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hachimantai: Mt. Iwate (in Shizukuishi-cho), Iwate-machi (Ishigaminooka Museum & Mido Kannondo Hall) and Morioka (Oro Park (Morioka Keibajo), Sakurayama Shrine, &more).

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hachimantai online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Semboku to Hachimantai in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Hachimantai are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Mountain
Mt. Iwate
4.6
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Historic Site
Hōon-ji Temple
4.5

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fukaura-machi (The Hill with Windmill Shirakami Observation Deck & Lake Juniko). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Dake Onsenkyo, admire the landmark architecture of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki attractions tool.

You can drive from Hachimantai to Hirosaki in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Hirosaki are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Baths

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Water Body
Lake Juniko
4.5

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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.
Step out of Aomori with an excursion to Tappizaki Cape in Sotogahama-machi--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tashirotai Heights, snap pictures at Jogakura Bridge, and get your bearings at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aomori itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Aomori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Mountain
Hakkoda Mountains
4.4
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Architectural Building
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
4.2