42 days in Tohoku & Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

42 days in Tohoku & Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

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42 days in Tohoku & Yamagata Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Inawashiro-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Yamagata
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Tsuruoka
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Oga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hirosaki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Mutsu
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Hachimantai
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Semboku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Hiraizumi-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Inawashiro-machi

Inawashiro-machi ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Noguchi Hideyo Memorial and Morohashi Museum of Modern Art. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hanitsu Shrine and Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko. Get out of town with these interesting Inawashiro-machi side-trips: Tamura (Abukumado Limestone Cave & Irimizu Limestone Cave), Jiyuminken Hiroba (in Miharu-machi) and Fukushima (Azuma Kofuji & Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani).

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Inawashiro-machi tour itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Inawashiro-machi is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Inawashiro-machi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get cooler in Inawashiro-machi: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Inawashiro-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fukushima, Tamura, Kitashiobara-mura, Coal & Fossil Museum, Jiyuminken Hiroba
Highlights from your plan
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial ©
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial
Hanitsu Shrine ©
Hanitsu Shrine
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art ©
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art

8
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Risshaku-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Shiogama Shrine and Rinnoji Temple are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kumano Taisha Shrine and Takekoma Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Sendai (Sendai City Museum & Rairaikyo Gorge), Yonezawa (Denkoku No Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum & Toko no Sakagura) and Fukuurajima (in Matsushima-machi). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Dokkonuma Swamp, and explore the world behind art at Yamagata Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamagata visit planning app .

You can drive from Inawashiro-machi to Yamagata in 2.5 hours. December in Yamagata sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sendai, Sekikawa-mura, Yonezawa, Mt. Katta, Takekoma Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple

5
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum and Ken Domon Museum of Photography. Escape the urban bustle at Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh and Kawarage Oyutaki Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tsuruoka: Sakata (Shotoku-ji Temple, Kaikoji Temple, & more), Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Maruiikesama Pond (in Yuza-machi). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, make a trip to Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hannyaji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Yamagata to Tsuruoka in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Oga.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sakata, Nikaho, Maruiikesama Pond, Mt. Gassan, Mt. Chokai
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Gassan ©
Mt. Gassan
Ken Domon Museum of Photography ©
Ken Domon Museum of Photography
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church ©
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church

2
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 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, explore the striking landscape at Itaba no Dai, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinzan Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Unsho-ji Temple. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oga Aquarium Gao, identify plant and animal life at Ogata Prairie Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the striking features of Kaneyu, and finally get answers to all your questions at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Oga trip maker website .

Getting from Tsuruoka to Oga by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Tsuruoka in December, expect nights in Oga to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ogata-mura, Kaneyu, Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu
Shinzan Shrine ©
Shinzan Shrine
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Iwakiyama Shrine and Choshoji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saishoin Temple and Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hirosaki: Ajigasawa-machi (Aomori Spring Ski Resort & Shirakami no Mori Trail), Aomori (Jogakura Bridge, Jomon Jiyukan, & more) and Tsuta Numa (in Towada). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, contemplate the long history of Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum, make a trip to Tsurunomai Bridge, and explore the activities along Oirase River.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki road trip planning app .

You can drive from Oga to Hirosaki in 3 hours. December in Hirosaki sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aomori, Ajigasawa-machi, Tsurunomai Bridge, Oirase River, Tsuta Numa
Highlights from your plan
Aomori Spring Ski Resort ©
Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple

4
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. Get outdoors at Hotokegaura and Lake Usoriyama. Misawa Aviation & Science Museum and Terayama Shuji Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats (in Higashidori-mura), Lake Ogawara (in Tohoku-machi) and Former Shibusawa Residence (in Misawa). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, hit the slopes at Kamafuseyama Ski, make a trip to Omasen Remains, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mutsu day trip site .

You can drive from Hirosaki to Mutsu in 3 hours. In December in Mutsu, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Misawa, Monomizaki Light House, Hotokegaura, Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats, Lake Ogawara
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Terayama Shuji Memorial ©
Terayama Shuji Memorial
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

3
nights
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area and Mt. Hayachine. Hōon-ji Temple and Historic Site Osarizawa Mine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hachimantai's surroundings by going to Mt. Iwate (in Shizukuishi-cho) and Towada Shrine (in Towada).

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hachimantai attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Mutsu to Hachimantai takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hachimantai are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mt. Hayachine, Towada Shrine, Historic Site Osarizawa Mine, Hōon-ji Temple, Mt. Iwate
Highlights from your plan
Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area ©
Hōon-ji Temple ©
Hōon-ji Temple
Mt. Iwate ©
Mt. Iwate

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Katakurikan and Iwate Museum of Art. Get in touch with nature at Tazawako Ski Resort and Dakigaeri Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Onsen Resorts (in Hanamaki) and Akita (Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, Mining Museum of Akita University, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, and contemplate the long history of Omoide no Katabunko.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Semboku trip website .

Getting from Hachimantai to Semboku by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Semboku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Akita, Onsen Resorts, Iwate Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Tazawako Ski Resort ©
Tazawako Ski Resort
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Iwate Museum of Art ©
Iwate Museum of Art

5
nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center and Michinoku Folklore Village. Discover out-of-the-way places like Takkoku no Iwaya and Tono Furusatomura. Venture out of the city with trips to Rokando (in Sumita-cho), Kurihara (Mt. Kurikoma & Izunuma and Uchinuma Swamp) and Tono Municipal Museum (in Tono).

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho trip planner .

You can drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hiraizumi-cho can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osaki, Ichinoseki, Tono, Kurihara, Tome
Highlights from your plan
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Tono Municipal Museum ©
Tono Municipal Museum

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