59 days in Tohoku Itinerary

59 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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59 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Train:  2 h 15 min
1
Matsushima-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hiraizumi-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Semboku
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hachimantai
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Towada
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Mutsu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Hirosaki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Oga
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Tsuruoka
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Yamagata
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
Kitashiobara-mura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Fukushima
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: Tokyo

4
nights
Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Step off the beaten path and head to Naruko Valley and Onagawa Station. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsushima-machi: Osaki (Old Yubikan, Nakayamadaira Onsen, & more), Ishinomaki (Kinkasankoganeyama Shrine, Kamiwarizaki Natural Park, & more) and Tome (Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum, Mizusawa Prefecture Memorial Hall, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Fukuurajima, take some stellar pictures from Cape Kamiwarizaki, take in the views from Sukashi Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Matsushima-machi day trip planner .

Tokyo to Matsushima-machi is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Matsushima-machi to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are slightly colder, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaki, Ishinomaki, Tome, Higashimatsushima, Onagawa Station
Highlights from your plan
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Fukuurajima ©
Fukuurajima
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

4
nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Konjiki-do and Takkoku no Iwaya. Get out of town with these interesting Hiraizumi-cho side-trips: Rokando (in Sumita-cho), Tono (Kappabuchi & Nabekura Park) and Kitakami (Michinoku Folklore Village & Tenshochi).

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiraizumi-cho attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Matsushima-machi to Hiraizumi-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hiraizumi-cho when traveling from Matsushima-machi in September, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tono, Kitakami, Hanamaki, Yokote Masuda Manga Museum, Sakaida Bunsuirei
Highlights from your plan
Gembi Valley ©
Gembi Valley
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dakigaeri Valley and Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi. Get out of town with these interesting Semboku side-trips: Rasuchijin Kyokai (in Hanamaki), Iwate Museum of Art (in Morioka) and Matagi Shiryokan (in Kitaakita). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake, explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, steep yourself in history at Omoide no Katabunko, and get engrossed in the history at Ishiguro Samurai House.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Semboku travel site .

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku in 2 hours. In October in Semboku, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Iwate Museum of Art, Rasuchijin Kyokai, Koiwai Farm, Matagi Shiryokan
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Dakigaeri Valley ©
Dakigaeri Valley
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine

5
nights
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hachimandaira Promenade Peak and Hachimantai Asupite line. Explore Hachimantai's surroundings by going to Ryusendo Limestone Cave (in Iwaizumi-cho), Morioka (Iwate Park (Koen), Oro Park (Morioka Keibajo), & more) and Taro Kanko Hotel (in Miyako).

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hachimantai holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hachimantai takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Towada.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Morioka, Kazuno, Ryusendo Limestone Cave, Mt. Hayachine, Taro Kanko Hotel
Highlights from your plan
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Mt. Iwate ©
Mt. Iwate
Mt. Hayachine ©
Mt. Hayachine

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oirase River and Hachinohe City Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hachinohe (Hachinohe City Historic Site Nejo Square, Kushihiki Hachiman-gū Shrine, & more), Snow Corridor (in Aomori) and Misawa Aviation & Science Museum (in Misawa). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, head outdoors with Tsuta Numa, explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, and take in panoramic vistas at Mt.Ohanabe Observatory.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Hachimantai to Towada in 2 hours. In October in Towada, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mutsu.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hachinohe, Taneichi Marine Side Park, Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Lake Towada, Oirase River
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Oirase River ©
Oirase River
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

3
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hotokegaura and Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mutsu: Oma-machi (Tuna Fishing Town Oma Monument, Omazaki Cape, & more), Higashidori-mura (Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats & Shiriyazaki) and Strait Isaribi Park (in Kazamaura-mura). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Usoriyama, explore the striking landscape at Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, make a trip to Omasen Remains, and steep yourself in history at Hokuyokan.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mutsu holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Towada to Mutsu in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oma-machi, Higashidori-mura, Strait Isaribi Park, Hotokegaura
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Shiriyazaki ©
Shiriyazaki
Osorezan ©
Osorezan

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shirakami Sanchi and Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hirosaki: Aomori (Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, & more), Fukaura-machi (Blue Pond, Lake Juniko, & more) and Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art (in Inakadate-mura). There's still lots to do: walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, don't miss a visit to Apple Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki online tour planner .

Drive from Mutsu to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mutsu in October since evenings lows in Hirosaki dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Oga.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aomori, Fukaura-machi, Tsurunomai Bridge, Shirakami Sanchi, Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Apple Park ©
Hirosaki Apple Park
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden ©
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple

4
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. Explore hidden gems such as Ogashinzan Traditional Museum and Nanohana Road. Explore Oga's surroundings by going to Katagami (Photo Gallery Blue Hole & Michi-no-Eki Showa) and Noshiro (Kaneyu & Noshiro Energy Park). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kampu, examine the collection at Namahage Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao, and enjoy the sand and surf at Unosaki Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Oga trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Oga takes 3 hours. In October in Oga, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Oga

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Katagami, Noshiro, Ogata-mura, Oga Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Oga Aquarium Gao ©
Oga Aquarium Gao
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mototakifukuryusui and Kawarage Oyutaki Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Kaneyama Townscape (in Kaneyama-machi), Sakata (Tamasudare Fall, Kaian-ji Temple, & more) and Maruiikesama Pond (in Yuza-machi). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Midagahara Wetlands, contemplate the long history of Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Churenji Temple.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tsuruoka journey planner.

Traveling by car from Oga to Tsuruoka takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakata, Mototakifukuryusui, Kawarage Oyutaki Falls, Sasagawa Nagare Beach, Maruiikesama Pond
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Tamasudare Fall ©
Tamasudare Fall
Maruiikesama Pond ©
Maruiikesama Pond

5
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bunshokan and Nametsu Otaki Fall. Venture out of the city with trips to Ginzan Onsen (in Obanazawa), Zao-machi (Okama Crater, Mt. Katta, & more) and Big Zelkova of Higashine (in Higashine). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, explore the activities along Dokkonuma Swamp, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peaks of the Zaos, and don't miss a visit to Senshinan.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yamagata trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Yamagata in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Yamagata are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zao-machi, Shichikashuku-machi, Ginzan Onsen, Peaks of the Zaos, Daishoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Bunshokan ©
Bunshokan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

4
nights
Kitashiobara-mura

Kitashiobara-mura ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Hibara and Hanitsu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Koriyama Ishimuro Fureai Ranch (in Koriyama), Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls (in Inawashiro-machi) and Fukushima-gata (in Niigata).

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kitashiobara-mura attractions planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Kitashiobara-mura in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kitashiobara-mura can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fukushima.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aizuwakamatsu, Inawashiro-machi, Koriyama Ishimuro Fureai Ranch, Ouchijuku, Fukushima-gata
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Lake Hibara ©
Lake Hibara
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art ©
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art

8
nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Azuma Kofuji and Irimizu Limestone Cave. Explore Fukushima's surroundings by going to Minamigaoka Ranch (in Nasu-machi), Nasu Garden Outlet (in Nasushiobara) and Yonezawa (Uesugi Jinja Shrine & Fukutoku Inari Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Noguchi Hideyo Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Adatara, make a trip to Miharutakizakura, and try your luck at Fukushima Race Course.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukushima trip planner .

You can drive from Kitashiobara-mura to Fukushima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nihonmatsu, Miharu-machi, Tamura, Shiroishi, Yonezawa
Highlights from your plan
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial ©
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial
Abukumado Limestone Cave ©
Abukumado Limestone Cave

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