60 days in Iwate Prefecture, Sendai & Rock Itinerary

60 days in Iwate Prefecture, Sendai & Rock Itinerary

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Start: Boracay, Philippines
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19 h
1
Hiraizumi-cho, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Kitakami, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Tono, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Miyako, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Iwaizumi-cho, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Morioka, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Sendai, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  29 h
8
Rock, United Kingdom
— 10 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31 h
End: Boracay, Philippines

6
nights
Hiraizumi-cho, Japan

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Explore Hiraizumi-cho's surroundings by going to Tome (Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum, Mizusawa Prefecture Memorial Hall, &more), Ichinoseki (Okago Chiristian Martyrdom Memorial Park, Iwate Safari Park, &more) and Mogami-machi (Tomiyama Bato Kannon & House of Hojin).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiraizumi-cho holiday site.

Boracay, Philippines to Hiraizumi-cho is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boracay to Hiraizumi-cho due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boracay in November, expect Hiraizumi-cho to be cooler, temps between 12°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kitakami.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ichinoseki, Tome, Mogami-machi
Highlights from your plan
Gembi Valley ©
Gembi Valley
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple

6
nights
Kitakami, Japan

Kitakami ©
Kitakami is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 92,945, and a population density of 212 persons per km2 in 37,085 households. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanamaki (Yama no Eki Showa School, Michi-no-Eki Ishidoriya, &more), Oshu (Oigen Factory Shop, Takano Choei Memorial, &more) and Nishiwaga-machi (Yuda Dam & Lake Kinshu). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Meiji Kinenkan, contemplate the long history of Shiraito Streets Exchange Center, and pause for some photo ops at Kitakami Yakyoku Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kitakami driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Kitakami takes an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Kitakami can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tono.

Things to do in Kitakami

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Oshu, Hanamaki, Nishiwaga-machi, Shiraito Streets Exchange Center
Highlights from your plan
Runbinii Art Museum ©
Runbinii Art Museum
Yuda Dam ©
Yuda Dam
Oigen Factory Shop ©
Oigen Factory Shop

6
nights
Tono, Japan

Tono ©
Tono is a city in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 28,098, and a population density of 34 persons per kmĀ² in 10,089 households. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tono: Rikuzentakata (Fumonji, Mt. Hikami, &more), Ofunato (Choan Temple, Goishihama, &more) and Kamaishi (Mizuumi Park, Yakushi Park, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Tsuzuki Stone, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nambu Shrine, get in on the family fun at Takamuro Suikouen, and take an unorthodox tour of Denderano.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tono itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kitakami to Tono in an hour. In November in Tono, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Miyako.

Things to do in Tono

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rikuzentakata, Kamaishi, Ofunato
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Hikami ©
Mt. Hikami
Fumonji ©
Fumonji
Kesen Carpentry and Folklore Museum ©
Kesen Carpentry and Folklore Museum

6
nights
Miyako, Japan

Miyako ©
Miyako is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 54,573, and a population density of 43.3 persons per km2. Miyako is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Jodogahama Beach, don't miss a visit to Gyosai Market, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Gassan, and head outdoors with Sannoiwa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyako holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tono to Miyako takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Miyako can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll set off for Iwaizumi-cho on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Miyako

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jodogahama  Beach ©
Jodogahama Beach
Mt. Gassan ©
Mt. Gassan
Sannoiwa ©
Sannoiwa

6
nights
Iwaizumi-cho, Japan

Iwaizumi-cho ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Iwaizumi-cho: Michi-no-Eki Noda (in Noda-mura), Fudai-mura (Horinai Station, Kurosaki Coast, &more) and Kuji (Tsuriganedo, Amachan House, &more).

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Iwaizumi-cho trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Miyako to Iwaizumi-cho in 1.5 hours. In November in Iwaizumi-cho, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Morioka.

Things to do in Iwaizumi-cho

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ninohe, Fudai-mura, Kuji, Kuzumaki-machi, Hirono-cho
Highlights from your plan
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Basenkyo ©
Basenkyo
Kujikohaku Museum ©
Kujikohaku Museum

7
nights
Morioka, Japan

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Explore Morioka's surroundings by going to Koiwai Farm (in Shizukuishi-cho), Hachimantai (Appi Kogen Ski Resort, Gozaisho Pond and Goshiki Pond, &more) and Ishigaminooka Museum (in Iwate-machi). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, go for a walk through Nakatsugawa Walking Trail, steep yourself in history at Otaya Shimizu Cold Spring, and don't miss a visit to Eboshi Iwa.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Morioka online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Iwaizumi-cho to Morioka takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hachimantai, Koiwai Farm, Ishigaminooka Museum
Highlights from your plan
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Yoichi ©
Yoichi

8
nights
Sendai, Japan

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sendai: Yamagata (Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Zao Jizoson, &more), Okama Crater (in Zao-machi) and Matsushima-machi (Matsushima Bay & Entsu-in Temple). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, stop by Ishibashiya, enjoy breathtaking views from Yagiyama Teppen Hiroba, and don't miss a visit to Zuihoden.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai route planner.

Take a train from Morioka to Sendai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Morioka in December, with highs in Sendai at 8°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rock.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yamagata, Rifu-cho, Matsushima-machi, Abukuma River, Shiroishi Castle
Highlights from your plan
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

10
nights
Rock, United Kingdom

Rock ©
Rock is a coastal fishing village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Venture out of the city with trips to St Just-in-Roseland Church (in St Just in Roseland), National Trust - Lizard Point and Kynance Cove (in Lizard) and St Just (Cape Cornwall & Ballowall Barrow). Pack the 25th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at The Milky Way Adventure Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Perranporth Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buckfast Abbey, and get great views at Land's End Landmark.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rock trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sendai to Rock. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rock

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Buckfastleigh, St Just, St Just-in-Roseland Church, Perranporth Beach, Cornish Seal Sanctuary,SEA LIFE Trust
Highlights from your plan
St. Michael's Mount ©
St. Michael's Mount
The Milky Way Adventure Park ©
The Milky Way Adventure Park

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