42 days in Tokyo & Tohoku Itinerary

42 days in Tokyo & Tohoku Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
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Obanazawa
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Akita
— 4 nights
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Aomori
— 3 nights
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Towada
— 4 nights
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Morioka
— 3 nights
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In March, Tokyo is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Aizuwakamatsu

— 3 nights
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Aizuwakamatsu side-trips: Shimogo-machi (Ouchijuku & Tonohetsuri) and Kitashiobara-mura (Gran Deco Snow Resort & Goshikinuma Lake). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, make a trip to Nanokamachidori, get to know the fascinating history of Iimoriyama, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Sadao Iinuma's Tomb.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aizuwakamatsu online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Aizuwakamatsu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu hover around 48°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 4 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamagata: Yonezawa (Toko no Sakagura, Uesugi Jinja Shrine, &more) and Kaminoyama Castle (in Kaminoyama). There's lots more to do: get outside with Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and walk around Kajo Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamagata tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Obanazawa

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get answers to all your questions at Michi-no-Eki Tozawa, and then stop by Mogami Product Shop. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Jizogura, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, look for all kinds of wild species at Shikamura Rice Terraces, then walk around Shirogane Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ginzan Yuhodo.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Obanazawa route site.

You can drive from Yamagata to Obanazawa in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Parks · Spas · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Akita

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Akita: Oga (Namahage Museum, Nyudozaki, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Hana-no-Yu Akita, admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, visit Oga Peninsula, and admire the landmark architecture of Michi-no-Eki Akita Port.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Akita driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Obanazawa to Akita in 2.5 hours. March in Akita sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aomori.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Hirosaki (Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki Park, &more) and Kuroishi (Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station & Josenji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Site.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aomori day trip site.

Getting from Akita to Aomori by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Akita, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Aomori, ranging from highs of 39°F to lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Towada

— 4 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Towada: Misawa (Misawa City Shiminnomori Park & Misawa Aviation & Science Museum) and Higashi Hakkoda Onsen (in Shichinohe-machi). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, take in the views from Deai-bashi Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, and fly down the slopes at Oirase Gorge Onsen Ski Resort.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Towada travel route planner.

You can take a train from Aomori to Towada in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Towada when traveling from Aomori in March, with lows around 37°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for Morioka.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Morioka

— 3 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Explore Morioka's surroundings by going to Hiraizumi-cho (Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, Motsu-ji Temple, &more) and Appi Kogen Ski Resort (in Hachimantai). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iwate Park (Koen), buy something for everyone on your list at Fesan, and admire the landmark architecture of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Morioka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Towada to Morioka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Morioka, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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 31st (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, wander the streets of Samurai District, look for gifts at Ando Brewery Kajoan, then admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Tatsuko. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at Nyuto Onsenkyo, hit the slopes at Tazawako Ski Resort, and then take a stroll through Kakunodate.

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

Getting from Morioka to Semboku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March in Semboku, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Sendai

— 6 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Shibata-machi (Funaokajoshi Park & Shibata Senokyo Bridge), Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura (in Ogawara-machi) and Matsushima-machi (Matsushima Fish Market, Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Zuihoden, and stroll around Tsutsujigaoka Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai attractions tool.

Getting from Semboku to Sendai by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Semboku in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 53°F in Sendai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Odaiba District, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.